It may look silly to set up a tent indoors but this is one of the number one strategies parents like to use for children who become over stimulated at home, at school, at the babysitters, on vacation, and even a family picnic or day at the beach. We often acknowledge changing the environment as the number one accommodation that should be made for all children, youth and adults living with FASD.  However, as many people know this is easier said then done. By using a tent you can create a portable environment that stays the same regardless of where the child is.

Having a tent in the classroom to be used as a reward for good behavior is often a tool to eliminating behavioral outbursts and distractions. The afternoon can be a tiring and trying time for children and youth with FASD. Therefore, having a tent in the classroom gives them a space to eliminate visual and tactile sensory stimulation and still hear the teacher read a story or give a lesson. Educational assistants that work with more then one child can use the tent as a tool to manage more than one need. Working with one child at their desk while the other reads in the tent helps with supervision and allows the support person to ensure each child receives the level of attention required to support them.


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