Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and other Conditions related to Prenatal Exposure
This page features a variety of resources for families raising 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.
In October 2013, Formed Families Forward was pleased to host therapist Melissa Elligson, MA, who presented a “Brain-based Approaches to Fetal Alcohol and Other Neurobehavioral Conditions” workshop to a packed audience. Melissa returned in fall of 2015 for a four-session training on FASD and related conditions.
Melissa is part of a national cadre of professionals trained by Diana Malbin, MSW of FASCETS, Inc.. Melissa discussed the neurobehavioral foundation of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) and other conditions. She reviewed eight primary neurobehavioral symptoms, and detailed information about how to accommodate persons with these symptoms in school and home settings.
Provided here are links to some of the many resources Melissa shared, as well as other resources compiled by Formed Families Forward.
Families Affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder organization
FASD Center for Excellence sponsored by the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
FASD Education.org is affiliated with the University of Wisconsin FASD Prevention & Intervention Project (PIP)
Brief training videos on FASD from the University of Wisconsin (T)
IDEA Intervention Brief on FASD from the US Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (T)
Back to School with FASD from the North American Council on Adoptable Children (T)
Video resources on FASD for teachers and families from Oregon Behavior Consultation (T)
QuitAlcohol resources on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Improving Awareness and Treatment of Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and Co-Occurring Psychiatric Disorders report by Disability Service Center, JBS International
Neurobehavioral Disorder Associated with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure, October 2016 Pediatrics AAP workgroup report (T-see table)
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Educational Strategies, from Emory University (T)
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Educational Strategies handbook from Sanford School of Medicine, Univ of South Dakota (T)
Recording of January 2016 Webinar by CONCEPT Professional Training on FASD and the Criminal Justice System (great overview of FASD at the beginning)
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
Effective Strategies Checklist: Children and Youth with Developmental Disorders and Challenging Behaviors, from Georgetown National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health. (T)
Kids’ Quest on FASD from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention