Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) affects many youth involved in Child Welfare.  These are the children with the most disrupted placements; the ones who so often become “crossover kids”—involved with the justice system; and frequently end up homeless. They usually collect a variety of diagnoses but no treatment seems to work, even the most trauma-informed. This brief introduction to FASD will help you recognize this condition and learn some of the basics of successful intervention.

Topics include:

  • Prevalence, range, and presentation of FASD
  • Brief overview of brain development in FASD
  • How FASD manifests in behavior, learning, relating and managing emotions
  • Principles of Intervention: what works and what doesn’t
  • What is being done elsewhere to address FASD
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