Date
19 February 2019

Manage successful transitions

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Creating an inclusive learning environment that supports students with FASD in years 1–8’

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Classroom transitions

Classroom transitions

For students with FASD, ending one activity then beginning another can be a daunting task.

Directly teach the routines and expectations, then practise frequently.

Provide frequent guidance and positive feedback.

Transitions between activities

Transitions between activities

  • Use a calm, quiet voice to tell students what is happening.
  • Provide a signal to warn students that a transition is approaching. For example, use a hand sign or a sound to indicate the end of an activity.
  • Give advance warning of a planned transition. For example, “The lunch bell is going to ring soon. Put away your books now.”
  • Refer to the visual timetable to show students what is happening next.
  • Supervise transitions so they happen smoothly.

Use a visual time table

Use a visual time table

For children with FASD, a sense of time must be imposed by external means.

Students who have an established routine are better able to create a sense of time but they need plenty of preparation for changes.

Manage pressure points

Manage pressure points

I hate going into the cloakroom in the morning as there is lots of pushing and shoving.

Mr Jack noticed that I was always grumpy first thing in the morning so he talked to me and my mum and we decided that I would come to class first and then go and hang up my bag after the bell.

Now I come into class happy and complete my handwriting without hurting others beside me.

Student (NZ)

Prepare students ahead of time

Prepare students ahead of time

To help a student prepare for their first school camp, students at Houghton Valley School made a book using digital photos with simple captions. 

Useful resources

Useful resources

Practical suggestions for supporting successful transitions within school, between schools, and out of school.

Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Helpful classroom strategies years 1-8”:

Return to the guide “Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and learning”

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