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- Fetal Alcohol Syndrome -

The ABCS's of FAS/FAE is a terrifically useful site for any teacher who ever wondered, "Do I have an FAS/FAE child in my classroom?" or "How can I help a student with FAS/FAE?"

Mistakes I have made with FASD clients - gives an inside view of working with people with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in the legal system.

Diagnosing Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is a very readable and informative web page from the Alaska Department of Health and Human Services.

PowerPoint slides by Dr. Larry Burd, one of the foremost experts on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Some are focused mostly on the chance of a child having FAS based on how much the mother drinks, some are mostly on the costs to the state and nation of treatment for FAS, others are on FAS research throughout history. It's kind of like this famous research just let you come in and browse around his office.

You simply have to visit the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Community Resource Center site

Another "must visit" site is the MedLine Plus section on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. When I first looked at this it seemed like the same old thing I had read a hundred times on signs of FAS and why you should not drink while pregnant. When I scrolled further down the page I found a lot of interest, including:

  • Pictures of parts of the brain affected by FAS, of facial characteristics of people with FAS
  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: A parent's guide - this 40-page manual has about twenty pages of very clear explanation of what FAS is and what causes it. The next twenty pages give descriptions of common learning and behavior problems and checklists for caregivers to address these problems.
  • Independent Living Guide - Did you know that only 18% of people with Fetal Alchol Syndrome Disorders live independently? Read more about independent living here.

female doctor weighing childSo you want to be a doctor (or a nurse)? This 62-page guide on assessment of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome from the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities is long and very full of technical jargon for the first thirty pages or so. If you are interested in the medical field, you should read the whole thing - although not all in the middle of this workshop, of course. Around page 32, they start discussing risk factors, protective factors and what works for people with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome to reduce their chances of dropping out of school, ending up in jail and other serious life problems. Anyone who is a parent of a child with FAS or a staff member working with people with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome should find some useful information here.


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