Effective Teaching for FAS and FAE Children.Report as inadecuate

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This paper discusses the importance of teaching social skills to children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) or Fetal Alcohol Effect (FAE) and the interrelationship between social skills and academic improvement. Goals and techniques for teaching social skills are identified, including: (1) improving the skill of compliance by setting reasonable expectations, establishing clear expectations using visual and other cues in addition to oral instruction, expressing expectations in positive terms, using role play and other techniques to let affected children foresee possible future situations and practice how to handle such events, rehearsing and announcing transitions, seating the affected child with role models, reducing opportunities for impulsive behavior, reducing competition, preparing alternative tasks for students, limiting the number of choices, allowing talking time at regular intervals each day, changing rewards frequently, and using "Serenity Lane"; (2) improving the skill of emotional/impulse control by teaching relaxation techniques, teaching anger management, using restitution as a classroom management strategy, teaching and rehearsing negotiation strategies, intervening before things get out of hand, and anticipating problems; and (3) improving self-esteem and raising status among peers. Goals and techniques to use to improve academic progress are also listed. (Contains 11 references.) (CR)

Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Behavior Modification, Classroom Techniques, Compliance (Psychology), Conflict Resolution, Coping, Educational Objectives, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Emotional Problems, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Interpersonal Competence, Peer Relationship, Self Esteem, Stress Management, Teacher Student Relationship

Author: Root, Pam

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=12539&id=ED422700

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