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FASD 1oh!1 Judith Nyman SS
Transcript of FASD 1oh!1 Judith Nyman SS
CEO and Founder
FASD is like an iceberg.
Most of the problems are hidden underneath.
IQ vs Executive Functioning
What people living with FASD get...
FASD at School
Judith Nyman Secondary School
November 7, 2012
What is FASD, anyways?
What people living with FASD have...
Cake, less eggs, ain't cake...
Skill/Characteristic Developmental Age
Chronological Age of Individual
Money & Time Concepts
60% of people living with a FASD, will have "disrupted school experience"
Love the student you got, not the one you wish you had.
Keys for Success
FASD is an umbrella term describing the
range of effects that can occur in an
individual whose mother drank alcohol
May include physical, mental, behavioral,
and/or learning disabilities with possible
FASD is the leading known cause
of preventable mental retardation.
FASD is not a diagnosis.
Secondary behaviours are not part of Fetal Alcohol. They are defensive behaviours that develop over time when there is a poor fit between the kid and their world. It’s like asking someone to do something they can’t do.
We expect these kids to remember things –
they will need to be re-taught. If they learn
the rule in the classroom, they may not
remember in the hallway.
Diagnosis before age 6
A stable placement with a family that is trained and supported
A school program that understands and supports the primary disabilities of FASD
Case planning that focuses on building a positive future, responsible life planning and does not include placement and school disruptions
Connect with Jeff
Mild or severe learning disabilities
Difficulties with impulse control
Slow auditory processing
Difficulties with problem solving
Difficulty with abstract concepts
Poor attention span
Difficulty communicating feelings
Difficulty communicating thoughts and
inability to control behaviour
Difficulty with basic life skills,
ie. money, hygiene, time management
Tend to have poor social skills
Disruptive in class or at work
Fearful, avoidant, withdrawn
Executive Functions are central processes that are most intimately involved in giving organization and order to our actions and behaviours.
This includes: planning for the future, the ability to inhibit or delay responding, initiating behaviour and shifting between activities with flexibility.
Focus on strengths and positives
Redefine success and long term goals
Building a team