Resources

FASD Toolkit for Australian Parents, Caregivers and Families  – A comprehensive guide with links to many resources to help families navigate FASD in Australia

Here are some useful fact sheets to help you get started with the assessment and diagnosis process and in seeking early intervention.

The fact sheets contain a range of questions that your health practitioner may ask you in order to build a case history for your child.

The following fact sheet provides a useful summary of the common behavioural characteristics of FASD across the lifespan. This fact sheet may be useful to share with school communities and other service providers.

The following fact sheets provide information on common FASD behaviours and consequences. We have included a range of strategies and environmental accommodations that may help to improve quality of life outcomes.

FASD Advice Cards for Community

A useful tool to educate community members and enlist the support of bystanders during a meltdown.

These wallet-sized cards can be carried with you and given to bystanders when your child experiences a sensory overload in public. Parents and caregivers of people living with FASD know which strategies are most effective to improve or de-escalate a situation, however well-meaning community members sometimes jump to the conclusion that simple solutions like firm parenting and the use of consequences might solve behaviour problems. These Advice Cards enable parents and care-givers to enlist the support of observers by quietly explaining what is going on and asking for their cooperation, including not staring or becoming involved unless assistance is requested.

These cards are posted free-of-charge to parents and carers. To order cards please contact us here.

We would like to acknowledge Parenting Complex Children (Wisconsin, USA) for the text and opportunity to produce these cards.

Information Cards for Police

A tool to inform police officers and others about a cognitive impairment.

Children, young people & adults with FASD are over-represented in all areas of the justice system. In some cases, people with FASD may not have the skills and knowledge to defend their legal rights. A recent study found that 36 percent of young people in detention have FASD, and 89 percent have a neurodevelopmental impairment. There are many recorded cases of people with FASD “admitting” to offences which they did not commit.

These wallet-sized information cards can be carried by people with FASD and other brain disorders. If needed, they can be handed to police officers and other professionals. The cards explain that the person has a cognitive impairment and cannot knowingly waive legal rights, and there is space for carers to write their contact details on the cards.

It is important that police officers, emergency responders, and other professionals are aware of the characteristics and behaviours of people with FASD so they can work fairly and effectively with them. For more information and resources on FASD and the justice system click here.

These cards are posted free-of-charge to parents and carers. To order cards please contact us here.

We would like to acknowledge FASD Waterloo Region (Canada) for the idea and text to produce these cards.

Reading List

NOFASD Australia has partnered with Odin Books in Canada to provide a bestsellers list of FASD books. To view the FASD bestsellers list click here.

Additional recommended books include:

Trying Differently Rather Than Harder – second edition (author: Diane V Malbin, MSW)

Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders – Parenting a child with an invisible disability (author: Dr Mary Mather)

The Perfect Love Story – written by Claire Gyde, Chairperson of FASD-Can New Zealand.  This book is witty, wise and truly FASD-informed. It is not available to download but a printed copy is free for parents and carers by emailing enquiries@nofasdaustralia.com

The Way I am is Different: A Children’s Book about a boy with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Finding Perspective: Raising Successful Children Affected by FASD

FASD in the Workplace

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (Understanding Mental Health)

Guided Growth: Educational Interventions for Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. This serial e-book (available for purchase) incorporates the latest research-based information into a guide designed for teachers, parents, physicians, psychologists and others working with FASD.

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