*PLEASE NOTE: FASD-CAN recently launched a brand-new desktop resource especially for educators. 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.
Supporting ākonga / students with FASD: An Introduction
The school environment is extremely challenging for most students with FASD, irrespective of IQ or background. We fully understand that it's also challenging for many teachers trying to manage the FASD behavioural symptoms observed in a school environment, both in the classroom and in the school grounds. We want to tautoko / support both sides of this relationship, because it's becoming more and more clear: an inclusive education is one of the most important indicators of later-life success for those with FASD.
Many children with FASD have mixed feelings about school. They love the social interaction but get frustrated and anxious about academic learning. And most parents/caregivers find the education of their tamariki and rangatahi the most difficult, problematic, and draining aspect of their FASD journey.
Effective communication between home and school is vital to a successful educational experience for a child with FASD, as is the provision of FASD-informed academic and behavioural support and supervision of the child both within the class and playground. Usually, the unstructured activities and need to interpret social interactions in the playground make support and supervision in this area of school essential, but sadly lacking.
In the tabs below you'll find some excellent national and international resources for education professionals.