Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder – Strategies for Supporting

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is one of the most prevalent brain-based disabilities in our society. There is a growing need for caregivers to acquire increased knowledge and practical skills to support children, adults and families living with FASD. This workshop will propose 5 pillars for success when supporting individuals with FASD. These include a focus on Strengths, Healthy Relationships, Promoting FASD Self Awareness, Adaptations Strategies and Team Based Support. Participants will transfer newfound knowledge about FASD into practical and meaningful ways to try differently not harder in their support of individuals, families and communities affected by FASD.

About This Workshop

Workshop Outline

  • The FASD Umbrella
  • The Brain and FASD
  • Stigma and Prevention – Myths and Realities
  • Primary Characteristics – Clues to a Poor Fit
  • Pillar 1: Strengths
  • Pillar 2: Healthy Relationships
  • Pillar 3: Promoting Self Awareness
  • Chronological Age vs. Developmental Age
  • Pillar 4: Adaptations Areas
    • Processing Information
    • Abstract Thought
    • Senses and the Body/Brain Link
    • Change
    • Understanding Cause and Effect
    • Impulsivity
    • The Body/Brain Link
    • Executive Functioning:
  • Pillar 5: Team Based Support
  • Case Study Reviews

Target Audience

This is an introductory-intermediate level workshop intended for school personnel, social service and health care professionals, counselors, parents and anyone seeking a better understanding of FASD.

Method of Delivery

Lecture, video, case study exercises and small group discussions