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  1. School Collaboration for FASD: The Most Important Partnership Barbara A. Morse, Ph.D. The Fetal Alcohol Education Program May 14, 2009

  2. How to Learn About FASD? • Seminar provided by the school system • Seminar outside of school • Information available in school library • Information provided by family • The internet • Newspapers and TV

  3. The Role of Schools in FASD • Educate • Coordinate services • Arbitrator for necessary services • Deliver designated services • Identify children at risk who are undiagnosed • Collaborate with medical system • Educate

  4. Current Research • Parent education increases success • Simple math tutoring improves skills • Social skills training helps friendships • Expertise in schools can decrease problem behaviors

  5. Tool–Kit for FASD • General information on FASD • “Go-To” school based person • General materials in each school library • Specific packet for each teacher • Specific packet for each parent/family • List of available community resources

  6. General Information • Research based • Given to all staff • Focused on: • explaining FASD • Separating medical and educational facets Should instill confidence

  7. “Go-To” School Person • Should be both expert and advocate • Can be a resource to teachers and families

  8. School-based Resources • Available in a public place, e.g., the library • Includes books, videos/DVDs, fact sheets, classroom tips, etc. • Updated yearly by the “go-to” person

  9. Teacher Packet • Given to any teacher of a child with an FASD • Includes child-specific information, information from parents and previous teachers, helpful articles • Follows child from year to year

  10. Parent Packet • Describes what school is doing to help children with an FASD • Includes school experience, how to best communicate with school, and school expectations from parent • Solicits collaboration with parent • Includes same resources that teacher/school has access to

  11. Community Resources • Any FASD specific resources, e.g. support groups, clinics, physicians with expertise • Other resources with experience in FASD, e.g., OT, PT, social skills groups, mental health therapists • Websites, speakers, respite care • Related resources, e.g., learning disabilities, traumatic brain injury

  12. Instituting the Plan • When – now or when required? • Who – school, parent, SPED PAC, PTA, high school community service project/senior project, local Council on Aging volunteers