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.
- 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