FASDs: Information for Educators

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This section of our website has tools and information about fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) for educators.

Alcohol and Pregnancy

Find out how drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, and a range of lifelong disorders, known as fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs).

Adolescent Screening and Substance Useexternal icon

The journal article “Adolescent Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment for Substance Use: An Application for School Social Workers” encourages school social workers to incorporate adolescent screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment for substance use. Highlights are drawn from the resource, Substance Use Screening and Intervention Implementation Guidepdf iconexternal icon, developed through a cooperative agreement between the American Academy of Pediatrics and CDC.

Learn basic information about FASDs, including symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options.

National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS)external icon

Strategies, resources, and information for teaching children with FASDs. Through a partnership with CDC, NOFAS developed a K-12 FASD Education and Prevention Curriculumexternal icon for teachers that includes strategies, resources, and information for teaching children with FASDs. This Curriculum provides age-appropriate information about the consequences that alcohol can have on human development while also encouraging youth to be tolerant and accepting of all individuals regardless of the person’s individual capabilities or disabilities.

FASD Toolbox for Teachersexternal icon

This Toolbox contains strategies and resources for working with children with FASDs in the classroom setting. This Toolbox is a compilation of advice from the Marcus Institute and the Maternal Substance Abuse and Child Development Center at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Reach to Teach: Educating Elementary and Middle School Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disordersexternal icon

A resource for parents and teachers to use when educating elementary and middle school children with FASDs. The booklet provides a basic introduction to FASDs and provides tools to enhance communication between parents and teachers, including schedules, strategies, and problem-solving. This resource was developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, an FASD Center for Excellence.

Curriculum: Triumph Through the Challenges of Fetal Alcohol Syndromeexternal icon

The Double ARC Center for FASD has developed and tested separate training curricula for parents and teachers. The parent curriculum describes the core deficits of children with FAS and related conditions, teaches effective parenting techniques to address these deficits, and directs parents to service resources for children, including school programs. The curriculum for teachers describes FAS and related conditions, ways to recognize children who might have the condition, and approaches to enhancing school performance. The Double ARC Center for FASD has also created a video on FAS that is available for use with the curriculum, and offers training for facilitators who will be teaching the parent classes. These materials have been tested with more than 400 participants in parent and teacher sessions.

Beyond Labels: Stigma Reduction Toolkitexternal icon

Beyond Labels is an interactive website focused on the ways stigma can affect the health care and support women seek and receive; this includes those who are pregnant. It also offers tips on what healthcare professionals can do to reduce stigma in their workplaces or communities. The website also includes a module specific to the stigma associated with substance use disorder and pregnancy. external icon

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Awareness Curriculum for Tribal Justice Systems Personnelexternal icon

The Preparing a Healthy Path curriculum is designed to inform justice systems’ personnel about FASDs and to provide them with strategies for responding to persons with FASDs who are involved with the justice system. The curriculum has been tested with more than 400 participants from tribes in California, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.

Science Ambassador Program

The Science Ambassador Program is a unique opportunity for current and future science teachers to partner with CDC’s scientists. As part of the program, participants develop science Lesson Plans for middle school and high school students on a range of health topics, including FASDs.

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Developmental Milestones

Children should reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, and act. A delay in any of these areas could be a sign of a developmental problem, even an FASD. Visit our webpage to see milestones that children should reach from 3 months to 5 years of age, plus interactive tools for parents and educators to help keep track of the milestones.

Links to Other Websites

Find more information and resources on FASDs for educators from other organizations, including research-based tools and approaches to help educators working with children that have challenging behaviors.