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.

Image 6-18-19 at 10.17 PM.jpg

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

Image 6-25-19 at 10.24 PM.jpg

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.

Image 7-19-19 at 11.04 AM.jpg

Education Resources

Comprehensive Writings

General Education Resources

Understanding Assessment Areas

Image 6-18-19 at 9.44 PM.jpg

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.  

Image 7-8-19 at 6.26 PM.jpg

8 Magic Keys  8 part video series 

Printable handout for teachers

Image 7-8-19 at 7.43 PM.jpg
Image 7-8-19 at 7.43 PM.jpg

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

Image 7-18-19 at 11.04 AM.jpg

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."

Image 7-31-19 at 12.19 PM.jpg

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

Image 7-31-19 at 12.28 PM.jpg

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

Accommodations

"Behavior"

Image 7-8-19 at 7.52 PM.jpg

The Approach Dan Dubosky 

Image 7-8-19 at 8.02 PM.jpg

Rewards and Consequences

Dan Dubovsky, YouTube

Image 7-8-19 at 7.59 PM.jpg

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

Image 7-19-19 at 11.11 AM.jpg

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.

Image 8-13-19 at 9.36 PM.jpg

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

IEP Support

Miscellaneous

  • 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

Resource Compilations

Qualifying for Special Education

Processing Speed

Image 6-18-19 at 10.39 PM.jpg
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.  

Image 6-23-19 at 9.37 PM.jpg
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.

Executive Function 101  by Understood.org is an E-Book with all the basics and lots of visuals.

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

Image 7-17-19 at 3.02 PM.jpg

Spoon Theory Nate Sheets, OBC

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

Image 7-17-19 at 2.43 PM.jpg

Nate Sheets, Oregon Behavioral Consultants

Providing Cognitive Support with Schedules

Image 7-30-19 at 3.34 PM.jpg

Executive Functioning

 

Adaptive Functioning

Understanding:

Adaptive Functioning and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

(FASD) A quick seven minute video on adaptive functioning with real life examples and people.

Image 7-30-19 at 7.17 PM.jpg
 

IQ

 
Image 7-30-19 at 6.54 PM.jpg

Interoception: The New Topic of Autism (should be a big topic of FASD too!)

Image 7-30-19 at 7.06 PM.jpg

FASD: Living with Sensory....  Myles Himmelreich lives with FASD and explains what sensory problems feel like for him.

Sensory Processing

 
Image 7-30-19 at 7.27 PM.jpg

Communication with people with FASD. Discussion about receptive and expressive language and the need for concrete rather than abstract language for children with FASD

Social Communication

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

Visual Spatial

Motor Skills

 
 

Memory

 

Psychological Testing

How Can We Help?     

Email: norfasnorcal@gmail.com

  • Facebook