Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a diagnostic term used to describe impacts on the brain and body of individuals prenatally exposed to alcohol. FASD is a lifelong disability and it's estimated that between 3-5% of babies born in Aotearoa annually will have FASD.
Individuals with FASD will experience some degree of challenges in their daily living, and need support with motor skills, physical health, learning, memory, attention, communication, emotional regulation, and social skills to reach their full potential.
Each individual with FASD is unique and has areas of both strengths and challenges.
The importance of early identification and interventions for those with FASD cannot be overstated and this is why at FASD-CAN we are committed to helping educators become FASD-informed.
In the tabs below you'll find some curated national and international resources for education professionals – but here are several of our own initiatives created with input from our NZ-based educational advisory group.
FASD-CAN SUPPORT INITIATIVES FOR EDUCATORS
• Join our monthly, online educators' FASD learning and networking group 'Ngā Tupu Rau' at any time to find out more about FASD and discuss strategies with your peers. Click here for more details and to join.
• Our 12-module educator training course on FASD – 'Kete into Practice' is now online and ready for registrations for 2024. This course first ran in 2023 and had excellent feedback. Click here for more info and to register.
• The FASD Learning Support Resource is a downloadable, interactive, NZ-specific digital tool which is a collection of the best resources available for learning support staff and kaiako. Please go to the ‘Download: FASD Learning Support Tool’ tab below.