Surviving in The Classroom Workshop for School Professionals

What FASD Might Look Like in Your Classroom?

Here are some stories of children with FAS or ARND trying to navigate a typical school day. (FAS and ARND are medical diagnoses that describe a combination of irreversible birth abnormalities resulting from alcohol use by a mother during pregnancy.)

Jake and the Math TestFrustrated Teacher & Student

Jake, a third grader with FAS, completed his homework on multiplication facts with 100% accuracy on Monday. Two days later, on a similar assignment, Jake missed over half the problems. Cause: Retrieval problems and spotty learning.

Mike and School Rules

Mike is in grade 7 and has ARND. He has been suspended from school 15 times since the beginning of the year. Thirteen of these were due to not following the rules in the lunchroom. His counselor, being familiar with his challenges, asked him to tell her what the lunch rules were. Mike repeated them perfectly. Then she asked him to demonstrate the first rule. He could not. Cause: Difficulty translating information into action.

Sara and her Locker

Sara, is an eighth grader with ARND and a high-average IQ. Even though she got to school on time each day, she was constantly late for her first class. One day her counselor watched her morning routine. Sara went directly to her locker and began searching for the things she needed. There was plenty of time to get to class. The noise level in the hall increased. Sara became frustrated and agitated as she tried to concentrate on the task at hand. When the bell rang and the hall quieted down Sara was able to focus on trying to find her supplies. She found them and rushed to class – late. The teacher sent her back to her locker to retrieve her homework. After searching for ten minutes she burst into tears. Cause: Disorganization, sensory overload, distractibility.

Add poor social skills, literal thinking, attention problems, difficulty with transitions, impulsivity and hyperactivity and these children sound like an accident waiting to happen.


Attend this workshop to get basic information on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and practical strategies for the classroom.

When:  February 10, 2017 From 1:00 – 4:00 PM

Where: Regina Hall on the campus of Lourdes University

Who:     Principals, Teachers, Special Education professionals, Intervention Specialists, Education students, all Education Professionals

Why:       1 in 20 children may be affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, yet many are never diagnosed.

For the majority of individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) average to above average intelligence
and verbal skills will mask their disabilities. Their behaviors get labeled as oppositional, lazy, and defiant.

Fee: $75/per person, $70/each for 3 or more professionals from the same school, $35/each for students

Please mail your registration with a check payable to Double ARC or register online on line on our secure web site.

Registration due:  February 3, 2017

About the presenter

Sr. Suzette with FASD childSr. Suzette Fisher, SND, M. Ed, Ed.S is Director of Client Services. She earned her M.Ed. and Specialist Degree from Bowling Green State University. She co-founded Double ARC in 1992 and soon after she became immersed in the field of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).

Sr. Suzette was instrumental in developing Double ARC’s multi-disciplinary FASD diagnostic team that was trained by Sterling Clarren, M.D. in Seattle. She leads that team today. In addition to presentations at local, state, and national conferences she provides advocacy services for clients in school, judicial and social service settings. Sr. Suzette served in education for 22 years as teacher and principal in schools in Ohio, Illinois, and Indiana.

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