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FASD – Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders is a range (spectrum) of disorders caused by a fetus being exposed to alcohol in the mother’s womb. It is important to understand the history and statistics behind the spectrum of disorders to gain an understanding of the primary and secondary disabilities associated with FASD. In this first unit, you will begin to recognize the patterns that represent the disorders and become aware of the various impacts on family, community, and society. You will receive valuable information on where to locate appropriate services for those affected by FASD and their caregivers.
For individuals with FASD, maturation is delayed. For any teen or young adult, life can be a roller coaster. An individual with FASD is likely to need a lifetime of care and completely independent living is often not advisable. It is important to understand the different stages of life and how FASD influences and impacts the individual. Awareness and a willingness to work with the disability are key factors in providing care. Grasping the discipline issues that parents and caregivers face caring for those affected by FASD is key. In FASD Across the Lifespan, you will learn responsive strategies, methods and techniques used to address these issues. Ultimately, you will gain new tools to provide ongoing assistance across the lifespan for those affected by FASD.
Early and correct diagnosis is critical for the success for individuals with FASD. To gain an understanding of the benefits of correct diagnosis, you must first learn to identify how the process works. In Medical and Social Systems, find out who is involved in the diagnostic process and explore the common social systems needed and best suited for individuals with FASD. Here is an opportunity to develop a plan for prevention in your community and the ongoing care and support for FASD families. By the end of Medical and Social Systems, you will have an understanding of the connection between FASD and alcohol/chemical dependency and other potential criminal behaviors.
For parents, caregivers, or teachers, it can often be difficult to differentiate between the behaviors of those with Attention Deficit Disorders and those affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. It is important to understand the basic functions of the brain and how brain damage affects the ability to learn for those affected by FASD. Here is an opportunity to receive intervention strategies for teaching learners with this set of disorders and understand how to create learning or working environments where people affected with FASD can truly thrive.
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