Desk dividers come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and can be used at home, school and even sometimes on the job. Although more uncommon to see at a primary or secondary school, post-secondary schools have invested in desks that have dividers for study rooms, and libraries. If you walk into most offices they place employees into cubicles so they can concentrate and better complete their tasks.
Desk dividers act to separate visual and auditory distractions while a student is working or concentrating. A student will need to have the desk clear of a divider if they need to see up to the front board or converse with other students. However, when it comes time to complete an assignment or write a test, desk dividers can either be provided on the student’s already free standing desk or on extra desks at the side of the room.
This strategy is beneficial to any student who struggles to concentrate, not just those with FASD. Some teachers report a lower noise level and faster completion of work!
Because children and youth can be very sensitive to differences in peers, it is important not to single out one student with a desk divider. Have a few available to students and suggest they try writing the test with the divider one day and without the divider the next.
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