Topic 11: Ready, Get Set. . . . .
For some persons with FASD, the next action is very problematic – Go –Begin. The problem lies in the prefrontal cortex, which sends signals for initiation. Often persons with FASD sit, look around, and wait once a task should have begun. Not understanding directions and not knowing if or how to ask for help are challenges that need support. Teachers can group students who need to hear directions a second time and then go over the directions step-by-step, giving examples or working the first problem together as a demonstration. If that is not possible, ask the students with FASD “Show me what you need to do.” Monitor, clarify, or correct their attempts so they get the answer correct and know the process to follow.
What helps your child get started?