Month: February 2013

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Topic 8: FASD: Invisible Disability

While Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is characterized by distinctive facial features, 80% of children on the spectrum look like their peers.  The way the brain functions is the point of difference.  Because of this, FASD is often known as the “Invisible Disability.”  Prenatal alcohol exposure causes permanent brain damage.  So when a child with FASD...

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Topic 2: Person First Language

 Language has a powerful effect on the way we view others and ourselves.  In the field of disabilities, person first language is bringing the awareness to the fore that persons HAVE disabilities rather than ARE their disability.  The preferred way is to say “a child with FASD” rather than “an FASD child”.  The child is...

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Topic 3: Communications: Words, Words, Words!

Words, tone, signals, writing, body language are all methods people use to exchange ideas, thoughts, information and directions.  While persons with FASD can be very chatty and sociable, their ability to understand and use language is often delayed.  How your child understands vocabulary, retrieves information, stays on topic, understands directions, and interprets figurative language provides...

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Topic 4: Directions, Please

Does your child have difficulty following directions at home and/or at school?  Here are some skills involved in being able to follow directions:  attending, understanding the vocabulary used, paying attention to important information, remembering the steps and the order in which they are to be done and then translating the oral or written language into...

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Topic 5: Communication: Adult to Adult

Communication between parents and teachers enhances a child’s chance for success.  Many times the child is the means to carry notices and communications between the school and home.  Because of organization and memory problems of children with FASD, these typical methods might provide a challenge for all. Try using technology as an alternative way to...

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Topic 6: Try a Website

Have you visited your child’s school’s website?  Many schools provide teachers with the capability of posting notices, assignments or classroom news on the website.  If that is the case check the page of your child’s teacher often.   Is there a way to communicate with your child’s teacher through that medium?  

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Topic 7: Face-to-Face Communication

Throughout the school year there are many times to meet and communicate with teachers face-to-face.  These meetings allow you and the teacher to build a relationship to help your child.  Attend school meetings and parent-teacher conferences.  Be positive during the meetings. Thank the teacher for what worked, and the efforts he/she has made to help...

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Topic 1: Strengths of Persons with FASD

“Can’t” “Won’t” “Don’t” These words often pervade discussions about children with FASD.  While lacks are a reality in these children’s lives, focusing on strengths, on what they can do, provides a stronger base for building successful interventions.  Keep a strength journal to share with your children’s teacher. Begin each page with the title, “My Child….” ...