This guide aims to provide clear, current, factual and evidence-based information about FASD and help build awareness of the wide range of characteristics that may be associated with FASD. The guide is designed to assist those working with children aged 0–5 years, where a child has been diagnosed with FASD or where observations of a child’s development and behaviour—combined with information from family members—suggest FASD may be present and warrant further assessment by trained professionals.
Importantly, this is an identification guide, not a diagnostic tool. Its purpose is to contribute to the process of identifying the underlying cause of developmental delays and behaviours in some children by increasing the understanding of FASD in the early childhood profession, including its effects and likely prevalence in the community.
This guide also provides best-practice strategies for parents or carers of, and people working with, children who are falling behind in reaching developmental milestones in terms of age appropriate behaviour, learning goals, physical expectations, socialisation and emotional development.
The following videos support the Through Different Eyes: Understanding children living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder educator guide: