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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 Use

This practice highlight titled “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 Guide, 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)

Strategies, resources, and information for teaching children with FASDs. Through a partnership with CDC, NOFAS developed a K-12 FASD Education and Prevention Curriculum for teachers to implement with students. The 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 Teachers

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 Disorders

A resource for parents and teachers to use in 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 about schedules, strategies, and problem-solving. This resource was developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, FASD Center for Excellence.

Curriculum: Triumph through the Challenges of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Double ARC 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 addressing 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. Double ARC has also created a video on FAS available for use with the curriculum. Double ARC offers training for facilitators who will be teaching the parent classes. These materials have been tested with more than 400 participants in sessions for parents and teachers.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Awareness Curriculum for Tribal Justice Systems Personnel

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 and high school students on a range of health topics, including FASDs.

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.

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Childcare Provider Resource Kit

You can view, download, print, and order the various child development materials designed for childcare providers.

The Childcare Provider Resource Kit includes a CD-ROM with fact sheets on child development that you can print out, along with three growth charts, three small posters, and 50 flyers for parents.

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.