CORONAVIRUS – RESOURCES FOR YOUR FAMILY

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Coronavirus, or COVID-19, is impacting all Australians in some way. For individuals with FASD, disrupted routines, uncertainty about school closures and travel plans, an overload of information, and many other factors are likely causing anxiety and distress. NOFASD has compiled some useful resources for families, and we will update this list over the coming months. […]

FASD RESOURCES FOR EDUCATORS

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Teachers play a critical role in facilitating positive learning and life outcomes for students with FASD. These children do not respond to traditional instructions or classroom management techniques, and while many children with FASD have average or high intelligence, they also have complex needs which impact many aspects of the school environment. Behaviours and challenges […]

BACK TO SCHOOL STRATEGIES

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The new school year means a change in routine, not only a change from the holiday routine but a change from last year as well. Children may be faced with a new classroom, new schoolmates, new teacher(s), new routines, and new goals. Transitioning from the school holidays back into a classroom, or beginning school for […]

SCHOOL HOLIDAY STRATEGIES

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For some, school holidays are an exciting time, full of opportunities for fun. For others, the change in routine and unpredictability of the coming weeks can cause anxiety and stress for children and their carers. Some ideas for a more enjoyable school holiday are below, inspired by the Edmonton and Area Fetal Alcohol Network’s blog Additude: […]

BUILDING CARER RESILIENCE – WEBINAR 2

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NOFASD Australia has partnered with FASD specialist Eileen Devine to provide a 3-part web series on building resilience for parents and carers of those living with FASD. Eileen Devine has extensive experience supporting families with FASD and has lived experience of raising her daughter with FASD (read her bio below). She says: Almost every primary […]

BUILDING CARER RESILIENCE – WEB SERIES

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NOFASD Australia has partnered with FASD specialist Eileen Devine to provide a 3-part web series on building resilience for parents and carers of those living with FASD. Eileen Devine has extensive experience supporting families with FASD and also has lived experience of raising her daughter with FASD (read her bio below). She says: When you […]

COPING SKILLS FOR CHILDREN

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People living with FASD often have difficulties with emotion regulation and require extra support in this area. Having discussions about which coping skills may work for your child, and creating visual reminders to be used in times of dysregulation, may help develop valuable skills for a young person with FASD. Janine Halloran, founder of Coping […]

BACK TO SCHOOL TIPS FOR FAMILIES AND TEACHERS

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BACK TO SCHOOL TIPS FOR FAMILIES AND TEACHERS The new school year will bring a change of routine and many new experiences for children living with FASD. These may include a new classroom, new schoolmates, new teacher, new routines, and new goals. Transitioning from the school holidays back into a classroom, or beginning school for […]

DIGITAL PASSES – FASD WEB SERIES FOR PARENTS AND PROFESSIONALS

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*UPDATE: NOFASD Australia was able to negotiate 20 scholarships enabling parents and carers to access this web series for free. NOFASD’s digital passes were provided to foster, adoptive and birth parents of children, youth and adults living with FASD. These parents said they are hoping to gain increased understanding of their children’s experiences, a deeper […]

SUPPORTING STUDENTS WITH FASD

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WRAP Schools has produced short videos based on 8 Magic Keys: Developing Successful Interventions for Students with FAS by Deb Evensen and Jan Lutke. These are valuable resources for teachers and may be beneficial for parents and caregivers too. Below is an overview of the videos which include a 9th magic key – Teamwork. Click on […]

PREPARING FOR CHRISTMAS

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December can be a month of excitement and anticipation, but it can also be a very stressful time for individuals and families. This is particularly true for families living with FASD as disrupted routines, unrealistic expectations and over-stimulation can overwhelm individuals and lead to meltdowns. This year NOFASD asked parents to share the strategies they […]

NEW FASD RESOURCES FOR EDUCATORS

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The Marulu FASD Strategy recently launched their new book Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and complex trauma: A resource for educators. It was published by the Marninwarntikura Women’s Resource Centre and can be downloaded here. The authors write that “this second edition acknowledges the role of complex trauma and its relationship to FASD and draws on new research about […]