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What I wish teachers knew about FASD

Child: What I wish teachers knew about FASD

Mum: We know teachers are busy, and are trying to cater for children with many different needs, but here are some important things we'd like you to know.

FASD is a term for severe neurodevelopmental impairments caused by prenatal alcohol exposure - it's not just a set of behaviours.

FASD is 2.5 times more common than autism. FASD is an invisible disability - in most people, you won't be able to tell by looking at them.

It's a spectrum, and no one is the same.

Child: If I don't follow an instruction, it's probably because I can't - not because I won't.

I don't always know what I need or how to ask for help. Look for other ways to communicate with me.

Mum: As parents and carers, we know our children best, so let's all work together to help them reach their potential.

Child: I can find it challenging to think on the spot or answer quickly. Please give me time and repeat instructions.

Mum: Have realistic expectations about what a child with FASD can achieve. Success at school could mean something different for them, like coming to school consistently, having a friend, and enjoying learning.

Child: Please remember that I'm trying my best. My brain works differently, and I may need more time to make sense of the world around me.