FASlink Fetal Alcohol Disorders Society

Friendly Environments

FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENTS

PROGRAMS THAT WORKED
Sally Caldwell
e-mail: sally@mostlysunny.com

Qualities of Teacher:

  • Expressive. Explicit.
  • Obviously affectionate (providing supervision).
  • Enthusiastic Interest in students.
  • Actively Involved.
  • Patient with reteaching/ repetition.

Qualities of Environment:

  • Orderly. Areas clearly defined by arrangement of furniture & wall decoration:s.
  • Visual cues for Illustrating rules of behaviour & proper use of furniture and equipment.
  • Use of symbols.
  • Avoided crowding (e.g, child placed at beginning of line or the end: child seated at outside edge of large group on the floor).
  • Structured. Consistent. Routine oriented.

PROGRAMS THAT DID NOT WORK

Qualities of Teacher:

  • Reserved. Subtle.
  • Pre-occupied (perhaps with the program)
  • Distant.
  • Passive.
  • lmpatient & eager to move ahead.

Qualities of Environment:

  • Casual. Areas & materials arranged haphazardly or for convenience (e.g. storing things of the same size together instead of all toys together).
  • Room decoration that does not clarify program curriculum & class rules (e.g., posters placed In areas unrelated to poster theme).
  • Use of only one method of instruction (e.g., Instructions delivered verbally only)
  • Crowded space.
  • Inconsistency. Frequent interruptions in routine.
  • Unpredictability of special events (e.g. guests arriving late for a presentation).