For Professionals and Educators
Not every child diagnosed under FASD will respond the same way to a strategy. What works today may not work tomorrow. Keep trying different strategies until you find what works for the student. It is important to keep in mind their developmental age as well as the fact that they have a brain-based invisible physical disability. It is important to structure their environment and be “one step ahead” of them to anticipate difficulties.
Screening and Recognition:
- Canadian Association for Pediatric Health Centres/ FASD Screening Toolkit www.caphc.org/fasd
Resources for Educators and Teachers:
- What Early Childhoods Educators Need to Know about FASD: Healthy Child Manitoba has put together a resource for Early Childhood Educators.
- What Educators Need to Know about FASD: Healthy Child Manitoba has put together a resource for classroom teachers. The guide helps to plan for appropriate programming.
- Strategies Not Solutions is a booklet designed by The Edmonton and Area Fetal Alcohol Network. Copies can be downloaded here or ordered through www.child.alberta.ca/
- Reach to Teach is a valuable resource for parents and teachers to use in educating elementary and secondary school children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). It provides a basic introduction to FASD and tools to enhance communication between parents and teachers.
- Provincial Outreach Program for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder : POPFASD is a British Columbia Ministry of Education provincial resource program whose mandate is to increase educators' capacity to meet the learning needs of students with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
- Teaching Students with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder- Alberta Learning
- Making a Difference: Working with Students who have Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders by Yukon Education
- Eight Magic Keys-Developing Successful Interventions for Students with FAS.
- Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Education Strategies- University of South Dakota
Resources for health care providers and other professionals:
- Sleep in Children with FASD for Physicians: Recent studies have shown that many children diagnosed under FASD will have difficulties with sleep. This tip sheet is designed for physicians. Click here for a recently published research paper on the topic.
- Baby Steps: Caring for Babies with Prenatal Substance Exposure: This booklet is a resource for parents and caregivers of babies who have been prenatally exposed to alcohol or other drugs.
- Addressing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: Reviews alcohol screening tools and interventions for use with pregnant women and women of childbearing age to prevent fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). Also, outlines methods for identifying individuals with FASD and modifying treatment accordingly.
Justice related resources:
FASD and the Criminal Justice System: A tip sheet for those working with those diagnosed under FASD and in trouble with the law.
www.fasdjustice.ca - This site is designed for justice system professionals and others who want to understand more about FASD.