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.
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.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Educational Strategies handbook from Sanford School of MedicineAugust 21, 2018
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.
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.
Neurobehavioral Disorder Associated With Prenatal Alcohol ExposureSeptember 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.
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
Emory University Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Educational Strategies
- When Giving Instructions/Assignments To A Student With Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
- When Arranging The Environment For A Student With Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
- Transition Planning For A Student With Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
- How To Help A Child With Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Retrieve Information
- How Do I Help The Child With Fetal Alcohol Syndrome With Problems With Sequence
- How Do I Help The Child With Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Retain Information
- How To Help A Student With Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Orient To The Environment
Neurobehavioral Disorder Associated with Prenatal Alcohol ExposureOctober 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.
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
North Dakota Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Center online clinic
Welcome to the online clinic of Dr. Larry Burd, Director of the North Dakota Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Center and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Burd’s research encompasses areas such as Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Autism, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and Smoking Prevention in Schools.
North Dakota Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Center also provides an online clinic with various resources.
National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS)
National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, NOFAS, works to prevent prenatal exposure to alcohol, drugs, and other substances known to harm fetal development by raising awareness and supporting women before and during their pregnancy, and supports individuals, families, and communities living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) and other preventable intellectual/developmental disabilities.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Center of Excellence
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.
FASD Center for Excellence is sponsored by the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Families Affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FAFASD)
Our mission here at FAFASD (Families Affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) is to raise awareness about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) through education, support and research-based training to family members, caregivers, and professionals living with, caring for, and working with individuals with an FASD.
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Consultation, Education, and Training Services (FASCETS)
FASCETS is a non-profit organization celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2017. FASCETS is an acronym for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Consultation, Education, and Training Services.
At FASCETS, we believe in a different way of supporting individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and other brain-based disabilities – one that is consistent with research on the brain, and that has been shown to improve outcomes.
Trying Differently Rather than Harder: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Trying Differently Rather than Harder: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders written by Diana Malbin, provides a readable, narrative discussion of the neurobehavioral approach for working effectively with children, adolescents and adults with FASD.