Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, or FASD, is a name given to a range of brain-based impairments that result from alcohol exposure when a fetus is in the womb. Often described as an invisible disability, a person with FASD will need lifelong support, including during the early stages of development. Evidence shows that implementation of appropriate supports at an early age results in better long-term outcomes for children with neurodevelopmental disorders such as FASD.
Those working within the early childhood education and care sector play a significant and vital role in supporting children and families as they navigate their way through the first years of life. Early Childhood Australia and NOFASD Australia have, in partnership, developed this educator guide to offer early childhood professionals research-based strategies designed to meet the diverse needs of children with FASD.
The guide explains what FASD is, how it occurs, its characteristics, and diagnostic criteria and pathways. Because FASD is a spectrum-based disorder, children will have different support needs. This guide offers educators access to a combination of research-based evidence and stories of lived experience to reinforce inclusive practice through:
- case studies
- videos and reflective scenarios
- subject matter experts
- practical and achievable strategies.