2002 Teresa Kellerman
is a processing disorder that is characterized by difficulty processing incoming
information that is heard, not hearing all the information, not picking out the
important parts of the information, not filtering the data properly, inability
to store information in the short-term memory properly, and inability to
retrieve it later.
out pencils to the volunteers. These
pencils have been sharpened, but the tip is snapped but left intact.
When the pencils are used, the lead will break instantly.
them, This is a timed test. Just
follow the simple directions to write the letters in the blank spaces.
down the letters of the word that means “Old Glory.” (Pencils
snap, “students” complain. You
reprimand them for not being prepared for class, and go right on to the next
question, while they scrounge in their purse for a pen.)
down the abbreviation for the United States.
down the name of the first color in the spectrum of visible light. (Blank stares.) You
should know this – it was covered in science class last semester.
Here’s a hint: It has the longest wavelength and the shortest frequency.
Does that help? (Not
really, but if they have common sense, they will write down “RED” because
there are only 3 spaces left.)
subtract the 18th letter of the alphabet. Then take out the letters in the word “GLUE.”
Tick, Tick, Tick, Tick. Time’s
up! Test is over.
Who got the right answer?
(Most are still trying to figure out that the 18th letter is “R”)
will say “FAS” but the correct answer is FASD, the abbreviation for Fetal
Alcohol Spectrum Disorder..
them, This is the kind of frustration that students with FASD feel every day
in school. Their frustration is
seen as stubbornness, laziness, behavior problems, not caring, not trying hard
enough. Then they either become
aggressive or withdraw.
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