A Comprehensive Guide for Pre-K-8 Educators
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.
"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
DHHS Pub. No. SMA-4222. Rockville, MD: Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2007.
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
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.
Dan Dubovsky, YouTube, Use of strength based approach to working with someone who has a FASD: Everyone wants to feel successful.
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.
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
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
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 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.
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
Nate Sheets, Oregon Behavioral Consultants
Providing Cognitive Support with Schedules
(FASD) A quick seven minute video on adaptive functioning with real life examples and people.
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
Decoding Your Child’s Sensory System: Full Sensory Workshop. You have to give your email address to get this one, but it's pretty comprehensive.
Sensory Diet Treatment: What You Need To Know. by Understood.org
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.
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
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)