My Internship And My Pre Internship Classroom Experience

1428 Words Feb 2nd, 2016 6 Pages
During both my internship and my pre-internship classroom experience, I have had students with suspected Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). One was in the process of being diagnosed with Alcohol Related Neurodevelopmental Disorder, the other was suspected to have partial Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Though both students were quite different, they did share some commonalities. Both had trouble with following directions and trouble with memory. I also had trouble reaching both in the classroom as they needed more individual instruction than I could give them. There were often times I felt like I was making no difference at all, which was devastating as a teacher. These students though the most challenging have made the most lasting impact on me as an educator, which is why I chose to pursue an account of a person living with FASD. The best I can be: living with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome or Effects by Liz Kulp gave me a glimpse of the insights I need to be able to teach students living with the effects of FASD. The book offers an interesting perspective as it includes both Liz and her mother’s experiences organized into a series of vignettes based on the type of experience. Together they paint an honest picture of what living with FASD looks like as they include the multitude of challenges and successes in Liz’s young life. The book opens with a comprehensive explanation of FASD with the emphasis that “it manifests itself differently in each person as the alcohol attacks the…
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