Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and Neuro developmental Disorders

This page features a variety of resources for families raising and working with children, youth or young adults who have experienced prenatal exposure to alcohol or drugs.  Several resources, noted with a (T) below, are particularly helpful for sharing background information with teachers and other adults who work with children and youth with FASD.

The ABCs of back to school with FASD

Informative PDF on the ABCs of  Back to School with FASD from the North American Council on Adoptable Children.

  • Factsheet, The ABCs of back to school with FASD


Effective Strategies Checklist: Children and Youth with Developmental Disorders and Challenging Behaviors

Children and youth who have intellectual disabilities or developmental disorders are at elevated risk for co-occurring psychiatric or behavioral problems. These young people pose a serious challenge for administrators, program directors and clinicians, especially when they present with aggressive or disruptive behaviors. When appropriate community services have not been organized, these youth can be among the most difficult and costly to serve. Across the country, their families report relentless stress, partly because it is very difficult to obtain the help they need. This paper provides resources and strategies that have improved outcomes and lowered costs, while diminishing risk for institutional placements, referrals to juvenile justice and child welfare.

  • Worksheet, Effective Strategies Checklist: Children and Youth with Developmental Disorders and Challenging Behaviors


Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Educational Strategies handbook from Sanford School of Medicine

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). If this is your first time teaching a student with an FASD, this guide should be extremely helpful. While many of the strategies are general and are appropriate to use with all students who may share some of the learning needs of students with an FASD, they should be especially helpful to use with students who have been diagnosed with an FASD, from Sanford School of Medicine, Univ of South Dakota.

  • Document, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Educational Strategies handbook from Sanford School of Medicine


FASD Toolkit from American Academy of Pediatrics

The Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Toolkit was developed to raise awareness, promote surveillance and screening, and ensure that all affected children receive appropriate and timely interventions. From the American Academy of Pediatrics in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control.

  • Website, FASD Toolkit from American Academy of Pediatrics


WEBINAR – FASD in Schools

This webinar on February 7, 2019 by FFF Director Kelly Henderson focused on avenues for securing education supports for children and youth with FASD and strategies and resources for families to share with school staff.

  • Webinar, WEBINAR – FASD in Schools

    Recording of Webinar

  • Document, WEBINAR – FASD in Schools

    Slides from webinar


Behavioral Interventions for Children and Adolescents with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders article

This article from the Alcohol Research & Health journal, focuses on research-based behavioral interventions for children and youth with FASD.

  • Document, Behavioral Interventions for Children and Adolescents with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders article


Trauma-Informed Practices: Considerations for the IEP meeting

This fact sheet from Kennedy Krieger Institute offers suggestions of trauma-sensitive practices and procedures for preparing for and holding Individual Educational Program (IEP) meetings.  The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that students who access special education services have a documented IEP.

  • Factsheet, Trauma-Informed Practices: Considerations for the IEP meeting


Students Like Me Videos on FAS

Series of 9 video episodes from Childbirth Media Center.

Students Like Me is a pathbreaking video guide for educators teaching children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Over the past few years, practical research has been revealing more about the nature of learning challenges faced by children with alcohol-related birth defects. As a result, strategies are emerging to help children in both mainstream and special education classrooms. Students Like Me gives elementary and special educators a clear understanding of what Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is, how it affects childrens learning and behavior, and what can be done to modify classroom environments and teaching methods to allow children with FAS to learn.

  • Video, Students Like Me Videos on FAS

    Students Like Me video training series


The FASD Student & the Classroom Chapter

A Chapter from Understanding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD): A Comprehensive Guide for Pre-K-8 Educators by RISE at Duke University.

This guide is designed for every educator (e.g., teachers, special education teachers, resource specialists, speech and language specialists, school nurses, psychologists, and occupational therapists) who works with K-8 elementary and middle school level students. The guide addresses the impact of prenatal exposure to alcohol and how it affects the K-8 grade student. Many educators believe they do not have students in their classes who have FASD, and they may even wonder why this guide would be useful in their own teaching and classroom management.   Alcohol is the most commonly abused substance in the United States.  Despite health warnings, 20% of women drink alcohol while knowing they are pregnant.  Therefore, it is not surprising that there is a high incidence of children (2-5%)  in the United States with FASD and they are likely present in every classroom.

  • Book, The FASD Student & the Classroom Chapter


Teaching Students with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome/Effects: A Learning Resource for Teachers

A 76 page for teachers from British Columbia Ministry of Education covering characteristics and teaching strategies across content areas.

  • Document, Teaching Students with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome/Effects: A Learning Resource for Teachers


Collection of FASD resources from Emory University

Fact sheets and other resources on FASD and prenatal drug exposure.

  • Website, Collection of FASD resources from Emory University


WEBINAR- Improved Outcomes through Screening and Diagnosis of ND-PAE in Patients with FASD

Dr. Susan Rich presented a webinar as part of our FASD series. Find her slides and additional handouts here, as well as a recording of the  webinar. Please note that video images start about 6 minutes into the recording and due to errors in the file, the audio of Dr. Rich discontinues @ minute 30. We have worked with GoToWebinar extensively to repair the audio file and unfortunately there was a permanent loss of audio. We are assured this issue will not reoccur in future webinars. Our apologies.

  • PDF, WEBINAR- Improved Outcomes through Screening and Diagnosis of ND-PAE in Patients with FASD

    Slides from Dr. Rich's webinar

  • PDF, WEBINAR- Improved Outcomes through Screening and Diagnosis of ND-PAE in Patients with FASD

    ND PAE Diagnostic Tool from Dr. Rich Jan 2019 webinar

  • PDF, WEBINAR- Improved Outcomes through Screening and Diagnosis of ND-PAE in Patients with FASD

    ND PAE diagnostic tool Explanation Dr. Rich Jan 2019 webinar

  • Webinar, WEBINAR- Improved Outcomes through Screening and Diagnosis of ND-PAE in Patients with FASD

    Recording of Dr. Rich's 1/28/19 webinar (video begins @ minute 6)


WEBINAR- Practical Strategies for Supporting A Loved One with FASD

A recording of a January 16, 2019 FFF webinar by Barbara Clark of the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC).

  • Webinar, WEBINAR- Practical Strategies for Supporting A Loved One with FASD

    Practical Strategies for Supporting A Loved One with FASD

  • PPT, WEBINAR- Practical Strategies for Supporting A Loved One with FASD

    Practical Strategies for Supporting a Loved One with FASD Slides


Fetal Alcohol Exposure overview from NIAAA

Fact sheet from the National Institutes on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism covering different terms, symptoms and clinical diagnoses under the spectrum of FASD.

  • Document, Fetal Alcohol Exposure overview from NIAAA


Hope and Healing for Sensory Deprivation

This booklet provides an overview of Sensory Deprivation or Sensory Processing Disorder. Based on the work of Carol Kranowitz and Karyn Purvis, information on definition, origins, detection & diagnosis,  and treatment are included.

  • Document, Hope and Healing for Sensory Deprivation


Hope & Healing through Animal Assisted Therapy

This booklet provides an overview of animal assisted therapy approaches and therapeutic benefits. Additional resources are cited.

  • Document, Hope & Healing through Animal Assisted Therapy


Kids’ Quest on FASD

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) are a group of conditions that can occur in a person who was exposed to alcohol before birth. These effects can include physical problems and problems with behavior and learning. Often, a person with an FASD has a mix of these problems.

Kids’ Quest on FASD from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has information with what you should know, quick facts and other resources.

  • Website, Kids’ Quest on FASD


Neurobehavioral Disorder Associated With Prenatal Alcohol Exposure
September 23, 2016

This Special Article outlines clinical implications and guidelines for pediatric medical home clinicians to identify, diagnose, and refer children regarding neurobehavioral disorder associated with prenatal exposure. Emphasis is given to reported or observable behaviors that can be identified as part of care in pediatric medical homes, differential diagnosis, and potential comorbidities. In addition, brief guidance is provided on the management of affected children in the pediatric medical home. Finally, suggestions are given for obtaining prenatal history of in utero exposure to alcohol for the pediatric patient.

  • Report, Neurobehavioral Disorder Associated With Prenatal Alcohol Exposure

  • Website, Neurobehavioral Disorder Associated With Prenatal Alcohol Exposure


Tools for Success Curriculum: Working with Youth with FASD in the Juvenile Justice System training manual

Welcome to the Tools for Success Curriculum: Working With Youth With Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) in the Juvenile Justice System (also called Tools for Success). This curriculum was developed as a joint project of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Center for Excellence and the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS). It is designed to help professionals in the juvenile justice system recognize and address FASD.
Tools for Success Curriculum: Working with Youth with FASD in the Juvenile Justice System training manual from US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

  • Worksheet, Tools for Success Curriculum: Working with Youth with FASD in the Juvenile Justice System training manual


Webinar by CONCEPT Professional Training on FASD and the Criminal Justice System

Webinar by CONCEPT Professional Training on FASD and the Criminal Justice System (great overview of FASD at the beginning)

  • Webinar, Webinar by CONCEPT Professional Training on FASD and the Criminal Justice System


Neurobehavioral Disorder Associated with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure
October 01, 2016

Children and adolescents affected by prenatal exposure to alcohol who have brain damage that is manifested in functional impairments of neurocognition, self-regulation, and adaptive functioning may most appropriately be diagnosed with neurobehavioral disorder associated with prenatal exposure.

  • Report, Neurobehavioral Disorder Associated with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure


Improving Awareness And Treatment Of Children With Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders And Co-Occurring Psychiatric Disorders

The purposes of this paper are to increase understanding of the connection between serious emotional disturbances and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) and to raise awareness of the unique diagnostic challenges and treatment needs of children who have FASD and co-occurring psychiatric disorders. (The term co-occurring disorder describes the presence of a psychiatric disorder and a disorder such as FASD that is related to substance use.) Robust studies of evidence-based interventions for this population are lacking. The main goal of this paper is to highlight both the lack of such studies and the pressing need for specialized interventions that can help address the challenges faced by children with psychiatric disorders within the FASD population.

The Improving Awareness and Treatment of Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and Co-Occurring Psychiatric Disorders report is provided by Disability Service Center, JBS International

  • Report, Improving Awareness And Treatment Of Children With Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders And  Co-Occurring Psychiatric Disorders


Quit Alcohol

QuitAlcohol is an initiative with the Alcohol Abuse Counsel and a trained group of volunteers. Alcoholism is a widely spread disease and we feel that it is our public duty to educate folks around the world about the problem. QuitAlcohol features resources on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.

  • Website, Quit Alcohol