Exclusion: the on-going effects and how to avoid it

Exclusion should be the last resort of schools and it can often be avoided with the right interventions begun early. It's widely accepted that that keeping those with FASD in school for as long as possible can avoid many problems later in life. 

In September 2022, FASD-CAN ran a webinar presented by Cherryl Waerea-i-te-rangi Smith (Nga Wairiki/Ngati Apa), a grandmother raising a 16 year old mokopuna who has a diagnosis of FASD. She has a PhD in Education from the University of Auckland and works as a researcher. You can watch a recording of Cherryl sharing her personal story about reinstating a mokopuna after being excluded from school here

There is an Aotearoa-based website which has a number of resources for those experiencing, or trying to avoid exclusion, called Exclusion to Inclusion Aotearoa NZIt includes digital presentations which discuss behaviour using a brain-based approach and identifies trauma-informed strategies which educators can use to support inclusion.

The above site also includes some also short films of rangatahi talking about what the impact of being excluded has been on their wellbeing. This video will be helpful to individuals, their whānau, schools, Boards of Trustees, and people who work with tamariki and rangatahi.