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NHS Ayrshire & Arran. (2019) Understanding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD): what educators need to know. Ayr: NHS Ayrshire & Arran.

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If you work in an educational setting, from early years to secondary school, you will meet children and young people affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). The term FASD describes the range of physical, emotional and developmental delays that may affect an individual if they were exposed to alcohol during pregnancy. 

This resource provides appropriate strategies and interventions for FASD and is also applicable for use with children and young people who are not yet diagnosed with FASD, but who share some of the same learning needs. We recognise that educational professionals will already have expertise in strategies for additional support needs, however we hope this resource will inform as to why these are required for children and young people affected by FASD. It is acknowledged in FASD, that strategies that may work well one day, may not work the next day. This said, it can be very helpful for educators to simply know that this can be appraised through the lens of FASD. Knowing why a child is not responding as expected can be helpful but it is important as educators to work alongside the child and view the challenges they face through the lens of brain differences and not simply as behavioural issues.

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