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General Resources
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                                      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.

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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

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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.

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Education Resources

Comprehensive Writings

General Education Resources

Understanding Assessment Areas

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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.  

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8 Magic Keys  8 part video series 

Printable handout for teachers

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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

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What Educators Need to Know by Miles Himmelreich

This is a must watch video from a person succeeding with FASD

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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."

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Comparing ODD, ADHD and FASD, POPFASD, Dan Dubovsky compares the differences between ODD, ADHD, and FASD.

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Strategies for Improving Outcomes, POPFASD Dan Dubovsky shares a number of practical and universal strategy ideas for working with people who live with FASD.



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The Approach Dan Dubosky 

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Rewards and Consequences

Dan Dubovsky, YouTube

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5 Unhelpful Responses We Have to Escalated Kids and Adults

Nate Sheets, Oregon Behavioral Consultants

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Dysmaturity POPFASD, explains developmental gaps using a case study and offers solutions using the LEIC system

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​A Neurobehavioral Model for FASD:

Malbin, D. Trying Differently Rather Than Harder, FASCETS. 2002

A must read book for anyone working with someone with FASD

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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.

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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

Processing Speed

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

Resource Compilations

Qualifying for Special Education

Processing Speed

Problems with Executive Function by Duke University gives a great description of executive functioning as it pertains to FASD.
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Executive Function 101  by is an E-Book with all the basics and lots of visuals.

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A Day in the Life of a Child with Executive Functioning Issues by is a good visual and concrete example of EF.

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Spoon Theory Nate Sheets, OBC

Quick EF concrete explanation about endurance and why EF capability reduces throughout the day.

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Nate Sheets, Oregon Behavioral Consultants

Providing Cognitive Support with Schedules

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Executive Functioning

Adaptive Functioning

Adaptive Functioning



Sensory Resources

Sensory Processing

Social Communication

Social Communication

Visual Spatial Skills  FASD Waterloo Region gives a quick read on behaviors and strategies

Visual Spatial

Motor Skills

Visual Spatial
Motor Skills



Psychological Testing

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