Children with FASD have emerged as a major new phenomenon within the education, health and social care systems of the UK, with current prevalence rates suggest that one in 100 children have FASD.
In May 2012 at the Adelaide launch of Educating Children and Young People with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (published May 2012 and written by authors Barry Carpenter, Carolyn Blackburn and Jo Egerton), Sue Miers Executive Director of NOFASARD, the leading FADD organization in Australia spoke about the issues facing individuals living with FASD and her opinion on the book.
“Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is an emerging, but little understood disability. Australian research indicates that in this country, it is frequently undiagnosed, poorly understood, and I suspect frequently misdiagnosed. In my experience, not only individuals living with FASD, but their parents and carers, their teachers, and many others who have to deal with the challenges this disability brings, are not getting the help and support they need to manage, let alone improve life outcomes.
It is well understood that a child’s life outcome is influenced by their early life experiences and opportunities and as educators you all have a special opportunity to help students with FASD be the best they can be and create hope for their future.
This excellent publication not only presents a practical approach aimed at raising awareness of FASD but also provides proven teaching and learning strategies for educationalists and other professionals. It addresses overlapping and co-existing disorders, such as ADHD and autism spectrum disorder and I particularly welcome this new resource as a valuable addition to the increasing body of contemporary knowledge in the area of FASD.
And so I ask you to join with me in congratulating Professor Carpenter and co- authors, Carolyn Blackburn Jo Egerton for the wonderful leadership they have shown by creating this exceptional book.”
To listen to Professor Barry Carpenter speak about FASD click here.