Understanding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)
A Comprehensive Guide for Pre-K-8 Educators
Chapter 4: The FASD Student & the Classroom
This is a thorough and easy to follow guide to FASD. The chapter on education is excellent and is a great resource to share with your school team.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Education Strategies
"Working with students who have a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is tough! The educational strategies presented in this handbook are intended to be helpful to all teachers who work with students who may have a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)." Presented by NOFAS SD and The Center for Disabilities, Sanford School of Medicine of The University of South Dakota
Reach to Teach: Educating Elementary and Middle School Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
DHHS Pub. No. SMA-4222. Rockville, MD: Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2007.
What Educators Need to Know about FASD: Working Together to Educate Children in Manitoba with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
is an easy to read guide with lots of useable STRATEGIES.
Teaching Students with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Building Strengths, Creating Hope Alberta, Alberta Learning. Special Programs Branch.
General Education Resources
Understanding Assessment Areas
Six Things Educators and School Staff should know about FASD
Nate Sheets of Oregon Behavioral Consultants
This 9 minute video advocates for parents and enlightens educators on basic information and strategies to work with a child with FASD. This video is super pro-parent perspective and supportive.
8 Magic Keys 8 part video series
Printable handout for teachers
Common Strengths of Students with FASD
Dan Dubovsky, YouTube, Use of strength based approach to working with someone who has a FASD: Everyone wants to feel successful.
How Winnepeg Schools are Re-Thinking Lessons for Kids with FASD, YouTube
What Educators Need to Know by Miles Himmelreich
This is a must watch video from a person succeeding with FASD
Classroom Observation by POPFASD. "This video speaks to the importance of observation in the classroom and how the observational information can be used to improve instructional decisions."
Enhancing Inclusion, POP FASD In the fall of 2017, Gerry Chidiac challenged himself to adapt his Social Justice 12 curriculum in order to meaningfully include a student with special needs in this highly academic course.
Comparing ODD, ADHD and FASD, POPFASD, Dan Dubovsky compares the differences between ODD, ADHD, and FASD.
Strategies for Improving Outcomes, POPFASD Dan Dubovsky shares a number of practical and universal strategy ideas for working with people who live with FASD.
5 Unhelpful Responses We Have to Escalated Kids and Adults
Nate Sheets, Oregon Behavioral Consultants
Dysmaturity POPFASD, explains developmental gaps using a case study and offers solutions using the LEIC system
A Neurobehavioral Model for FASD: www.fascets.com,
Malbin, D. Trying Differently Rather Than Harder, FASCETS. 2002
A must read book for anyone working with someone with FASD
FASD: Strategies not Solutions by The Edmonton and Area Fetal Alcohol Network (EFAN) is a resource to educate caregivers and the community in managing and understanding the behaviours associated with FASD.
Why Do Kids and Teens Have Challenging Behaviors using the approaches of the Neurobehavioral Model and Collaborative Problem Solving, Nate explains why kids might have behavioral problems and how to alleviate them.
Concise easy to read article on confabulation (lying) within the school setting. Great to hand to a teacher who is struggling with this concept.
Paley, B and O’Connor, MJ. Behavioral Interventions for Children and Adolescents with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. Alcohol Res Health. 34 (1); 2011, 64-75
Families Moving Forward, program for families raising preschool children with FASD, University of Washington
MILE: Math Interactive Learning Experience Program, math intervention program, Emory university
Making Math Real: A multisensory math program designed for students with math disability
Children’s Friendship Program: UCLA
Parent-Child Assistance Program: University of Washington, a 3 year home visitation model for high risk mothers
Good Buddies, a children’s friendship training program for individuals with FASD to teach social skills, UCLA
PACT: Parents and Children Together: A neurocognitive rehabilitation program to improve self- regulation and executive function, Children’s Research Triangle, Chicago
Specific Areas of Need
Education & FASD Toolkit - University of Washington, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute
McFares: School Resources for FASD
POP FASD - Videos. POPFASD videos are all over this website. Here is the page with all of them.
Interventions proven for FASD
Qualifying for Special Education
A Day in the Life of a Child with Slow Processing Speed
by Understood.org is a concrete visual of what it is like to have slow processing speed.
Helping People with FASD Process What We Are Saying
A video by Nate Sheets of Oregon Behavior Consultants. Because his videos are geared towards individuals with FASD, Nate incorporates the typical missing executive functions when describing how to help with processing speed.
Problems with Executive Function by Duke University gives a great description of executive functioning as it pertains to FASD.
Prenatal Alcohol Exposure and the BRAIN by Theresa Kellerman, explains the regions of the brain affected by alcohol and how it relates to executive functioning
Everything You Never Knew About the ADHD Brain by Alison Kravit, Psy.D., AAC, Attitude Magazine. This article uses examples that are easy to imagine and relates to a lot of characteristics people with FASD tend to struggle with.
Understanding Executive Function Issues by Understood.org
9 Terms to Know If Your Child Struggles With Executive Functioning Issues by Understood.org
A Day in the Life of a Child with Executive Functioning Issues by Understood.org is a good visual and concrete example of EF.
Nate Sheets, Oregon Behavioral Consultants
Providing Cognitive Support with Schedules
Helping Teachers Understand Issues of Cause and Effect Thinking and Impulsivity (FASD Outreach). "Provides strategies for helping students who have difficulty with cause and effect and impulsivity."
Adaptive Functioning and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
(FASD) A quick seven minute video on adaptive functioning with real life examples and people.
What is the Vineland Test? This is a common test given for adaptive functioning. Be sure to read the instructions carefully at their definition of independent.
Relation between adaptive function and IQ among youthwith histories of heavy prenatal alcohol exposure
Research suggesting that the relationship
FASD and the Concept of “Intellectual Disability Equivalence” by Stephen Greenspan, Natalie Novick Brown and William Edwards gives history around using IQ testing for ID (intellectual disability), sound reasoning why it is an inadequate measure and how an adaptive skills assessment as well as EF assessments are required to fully understand need.
IQ tests 'do not reflect intelligence' article by the Telegraph which reports on the full study below
Full Study: Fractionating Human Intelligence
Understanding Sensory Processing Disorder by Star Institute includes the important new 8th sense, interoception.
Interoception: The New Topic of Autism (should be a big topic of FASD too!)
FASD: Living with Sensory.... Myles Himmelreich lives with FASD and explains what sensory problems feel like for him.
Understanding Social Communication Disorder by Understood.org
Communication with people with FASD. Discussion about receptive and expressive language and the need for concrete rather than abstract language for children with FASD
Observation of Classroom Social Communication: Do Children With Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Spend Their Time Differently Than Their Typically Developing Peers? Research by the University of Washington, Seattle.
Visual Spatial Processing: What You Need to Know by Understood.org
Visual Spatial Skills FASD Waterloo Region gives a quick read on behaviors and strategies
What Are Gross Motor Skills: What You Need to Know by Understood.org
Fine Motor Skills: What You Need to Know by Understood.org
Improving your child's fine motor and gross motor skills. In this video, Physical therapist Kendra VanWasshenova from U-M's Milestones pediatric rehabilitation program shows us a few activities you can do with materials you probably already have at home.
Impairment of motor skills in children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders in remote Australia: The Lililwan Project.: Research that recommends assessment of motor skills for people with FASD
Explanation of different types of memory by Understood.org
Cognitive Interventions to Improve Memory - FASD, Your Alberta 2013 - In this session the presenters will discuss the current literature regarding memory-based interventions.
2 hours long, but worth watching
Chasnoff, I, Wells, am and King, L. Misdiagnosis and missed diagnoses in foster care and adopted children with fetal alcohol exposure. Pediatrics. 2015; 135 (2)