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These documents will provide background information on FAS/FAE and the terminology used in describing this condition, but in layperson's language. This does not imply stupidity, but this is difficult to enough to understand, without having to decipher the difficult terms before you can begin to absorb the information. An illustration appears after the data on FAS. Some of the facial characteristics may be found on FAE children as well.
This document is a breakdown of the personality and learning traits of FAS/FAE children. Knowing what to expect in terms of how they learn and process information, as well as what other agendas may be in their brains can make a tremendous difference in the lesson that are planned. Not only that, but because of some of the traits , such as retreating and isolating themselves, teachers will be prepared and formulate a plan of action to address the issue. At first glance, most of these seem negative-it isn't so much negative as it is how they process what you say and how you say it. Remember, just because you know what you said, they might not.
"Do I have an FAS/FAE child in class?" In the following document are indications and signals that a child might be FAS/FAE. As a guide this will help you to recognize what it is that you are seeing, but without a maternal history of alcohol involvement it is just a guide. While some children may have one or two of these characteristics an FAS/FAE child will have several. Please feel free to use this in conjunction with the BEHAVIOR CHECKLIST found in the section, CHECKLIST FOR TEACHERS. A CONFIDENTIAL PARENT SURVEY is also available for non-threatening maternal history.
These documents can be used by school personnel to help determine if a child they think might be FAS/FAE, has many of the characteristics listed. This has been used and can be an effective tool for teachers. While at first glance it looks long, it doesn't take much time, if you know your students, to check the information for morning and afternoon. With this information and additional input from other documents that you will find contained here, you will be able to make an informed, collective decision about this child's needs and meet them.
The Confidential Information Parent Survey is useful in assessing the acknowledgement of biological parents that the child was perinatally alcohol involved. Asking biological parents questions in this way will accomplish much more than quizzing them. If they know anything about FAS/FAE they may already feel guilty that they have done this to their child. The maternal abuse of alcohol is not limited to any group of women so this crosses all the layers of society. If the child is adopted or in foster care, there may be much of the information that they don't have and is unavailabel to them. However, this is a place to start.
On the following page, are curriculum materials, information,
and audio-visual media available to teach students about FAS/FAE.
Because our children are drinking and being sexually active at a
young age, it is vital that they are given that knowledge of the
effect that THEIR DRINKING has on the unborn child.
*Please note the grade level appropriate for the videos.
These are various sources for a number of uses:
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