Long Term Effects of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in Adults

Providing Support for Students with FASD in Schools

Providing Support for Students with FASD in Schools - FASD Okanagan Valley - https://www.fasdokanagan.ca/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/cropped-logorev2trans.png

Education and FASD
Humans have a right to an education. Everyone deserves access to comprehensive, egalitarian education. However, when their requirements are not met, kids with FASD frequently fail to succeed in the classroom.

It’s crucial to have a positive educational experience. The school system is where the majority of diagnosis, support, and interventions are provided. Lack of support at school puts students with FASD at a higher risk of developing long-term problems with their mental health, getting into trouble with the law, and using drugs.

Teaching Techniques for FASD Students
People with FASD might have a wide range of advantages and disadvantages, which can affect how they learn. To better accommodate students with FASD, teachers might make minor changes to their lesson plans, such as:

Instruction that is differentiated; Visual and verbal signals, aids, and demonstrations;
repetition and slower training; practical exercises and real-world examples;
information compression, task division, and lesson size reduction.
An all-school strategy
Outside of the classroom, pupils should receive support. Teachers, school officials, educational assistants, outside agencies, and caregivers must all work together to provide support for students with FASD. The school community as a whole should be dedicated to ongoing education, awareness, and support.

Continued Education
Teachers are less prone to burnout and get tired if they have a solid understanding of FASD. However, despite their desire to offer their kids better support, teachers and educational assistants frequently lack the in-depth information, training, and resources necessary to support students with FASD.

All school personnel can benefit from better knowledge and training by taking our online FASD for School Staff course, which is a fantastic place to start. This learning program addresses planning for transitional periods, using specific math and literacy skills, and fostering collaboration with caregivers in addition to going in-depth on teaching strategies and employing a whole school approach. Click here to read more about our online courses!

We can support an inclusive education system by working together and cooperating.




Bernadette Letter

With the help and shared vision from Laura Hockman, ED of Independent Living Vernon, and her staff; the only adult assessment clinic in BC opened.

While being in the clinic, there are many accomplishments I am so very proud of. One that I cherish the most was having Dr. Densmore agree to be our lead assessment physician. He not only provided leadership and training for all of the staff, patients, and their families; his incredible regard was demonstrated in the relationship-building he approached each patient with. His tenacity and curiosity resulted in reports that were more than meaningful, they were life-saving, life-altering, and resulted in lives being changed for the long term. Dr. Densmore invested significant hours researching, writing, and driving to locations across the province to complete assessments often on his time. His infectious curiosity and passion to understand FASD changed the lives of all he worked with, including me.

Read More

Important Notice!

FASD Okanagan Valley Assessment and Support Society wants to express heartfelt gratitude to Bernadette O’Donnell, our Executive Director, who has recently resigned as she moves into retirement. Bernadette championed our organization with unwavering dedication and commitment to individuals with FASD, parents or caregivers of individuals with FASD, and all our community organizations that we have collaborated with over the past six years. Your consistent hard work, passion, and advocacy for this community will never be forgotten. Thank you for all your hard years of work! We are forever grateful.Read More