49 Phrases to Calm an Anxious Child
Contents Wonderful phrases that include the following examples: "Close your eyes. Picture this ..." and "Let's list all of the people you love" Comments A great list of phrases that parents and educators can use the help children indentify, accept and work through their anxious moments.
9 Lives, Cat Tales
Contents The continuing story of Joshua where the reader begins by seeing how normal he appears to be and how desperately he wants to fit in and belong. As the novel continues, however, Joshua's behavioural challenges due to early exposure to alcohol, begin to emerge. The novel is written for pretee
9 Lives, Full Circle
Contents This is the final book in Jan Crossen's fictional trilogy inspired by her adopted son, Joshua. Like many teens, Josh struggles to understand his identity. He is a handsome and charismatic guy with a fabulous smile. Josh has a normal IQ, but experiences social, academic, and behavioral issue
9 Lives, I Will Survive
Contents An uplifting, yet realistic story which tells the story of Joshua who was adopted into an interracial family, with two white mothers. Joshua endures many struggles and overcomes multiple threats to his existence. It is a touching story with a therapeutic effect to heal the emotional wounds
9 Lives Learning Opportunity Guides
Note: POPFASD has not used this program in the classroom – if you know of anyone who has used this, please invite the person to “post a comment”. Contents This resource provides learning activities and background information to open dialogues about alcohol, pregnancy, family, adoption, diversi
A Shift in Approach
Understanding FASD as a brain based disability requires that we shift our thinking about students' behavior "won't' to "can't" We need to change our thinking based on a new understanding -- this change fosters more appropriate supports and less frustration.
A Time to Run
A great novel for upper intermediate to secondary students. The book tells the story of how a relationship between a boy with FASD and a boy who is the star athlete, helps them both. To Order lornaschultznicholson.com
Aboriginal Approaches: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Contents Major articles Healing with a Deep Heart – story of how the Ktuxana and Kinbasket people of BC decided to address the suggested high rates of FASD through the Community Healing and Intervention Program that is designed around a Medicine Wheel Support, Education and Healing – story of wo
Accessible Resource Centre – British Columbia
The Accessible Resource Centre – British Columbia is a BC Ministry of Education funded response to the increasing demand for digital or alternate format alternatives to print in BC classrooms. The goal of ARC-BC is to provide BC students with perceptual disabilities and the educators supporting th
Adaptations & Modifications
This video provides information about: the purpose for adaptations and modifications; an explanation of what adaptations and modifications are; the decision process; and how adaptations and modifications impact reporting and grading. Much of this information is based on the BC Ministry of Education
ADHD and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)
Contents The book has 12 chapters and includes topics such as "Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: An Overview", "Sensory Integration and Sensory Processing Disorders", "Pathophysiology of ADHD in Patients with ADHD and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. The Role of Medication", "Identifying and Treati
Alcohol Effects on Developing Brain
Explains the effects of prenatal exposure to alcohol (a teratogen) on the developing fetus. Enhances understanding of students with FASD; this condition is life-long and brain-based so we must make appropriate, individual accommodations.
Alex's Success Story
Learn about how Alex's 1 Grade experience was turned around through cooperation with his parents, teachers and community supports.
Assessment of a Professional Development Program for Teachers of Elementary Students Diagnosed with FASD
Would increasing teachers' understanding of FASD and then providing ongoing mentor support throughout a school year improve outcomes for students with FASD?
Provides, from a student's perspective, some strategies that may help a student who has attention difficulties. This video features the drawings of Nathan Fehr.
Birds of a Feather Play Together
Contents Step-by-step directions with visuals for the following activities: mailboxes flower shop matching sounds pinecone birdfeeders milk jug birdfeeders colour tubes garden worms goop Humpty Dumpty eggs play dough the learning purpose and sensory development is included for each activity Comments
Brain Facts: A Primer on the Brain and Nervous System
Designed for a lay audience as an introduction to neuroscience, Brain Facts is also a valuable educational resource used by high school teachers and students. The 2008 edition updates all sections and includes new information on brain development, learning and memory, language, neurological and psyc
But Michael Makes Me Laugh
This children’s picture book tells the story of a young boy who is having a challenging day at school … until a classmate says, “but Michael makes me laugh!” It is intended to provide basic information and encourage discussion on FASD for young children in the classroom. Comments Reading lev
The Canada Northwest FASD Network
The Canada Northwest FASD Research Network aims to build research capacity across Western Canada and the Territories to address high priority research questions, to devise more effective prevention and support strategies for women, for individuals with FASD and their families, and to better inform p
Cap sur l'inclusion, puiser à même les ressources cachées: Planification concernant les enfants marqués par les effets de l'alcool
Manitoba Cet outil de planification se veut un outil pour tous les intervenants du milieu scolaire afin de les appuyer dans leurs efforts pour élaborer des approches appropriées axées sur les élèves marqués par les effets de l'alcool. Ce document vise l'éventail des élèves atteints par l’
Carmen Rasmussen - Diffusion Tensor Imaging
Dr Carmen Rasmussen shares information about Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) and the incredible brain information that can be gathered by this process. She shares research studies (University of Alberta) that show how DTI can provide information about the structural brain differences in those living
Carmen Rasmussen - Edmonton MILE
Dr Carmen Rasmussen speaks about a study, conducted in Edmonton, that measured the effectiveness of the Math Interactive Learning Experience (MILE) program in school and home settings. The study also aimed to determine if MILE is effective without the parent involvement component and if MILE has any
Carmen Rasmussen - Rehearsal, Decision Making, Self-Regulation, and Source Memory
Dr Carmen Rasmussen shares information about about four different studies: a study where children were taught a simple rehearsal strategy to improve recall; a study that measured the effects of facilitating the ALERT Program in a group therapy setting; a study that demonstrated the difficulty our ki
Case Study - LEIC and IEPs
Explains how to “understand” the learner and then make appropriate accommodations to the environment, instruction and curriculum by using the “LEIC” planning tool. We then explain how the LEIC planning tool fits the IEP. This module will help teachers make appropriate accommodations for the
Case Study: Stealing A "Counterfeit" Conduct Disorder
Excerpt: He will opportunistically acquire any wallet he sees because this is where personal identification is kept. He collects these because he has been in so many foster homes that getting his hands on any form of “identification” of who a person is has become extremely important to him. He m
Content The website contains information about what SEL is, why it's important, the evidence from the research, examples of SEL in action, resources, videos and much more. Comments This is a go-to site for any information regarding Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). The website houses an amazing c
Cause and Effect/Impulsivity
Many students with FASD have difficulty with cause/effect and impulsivity. Uses an interview with a classroom teacher. Provides strategies for helping students who have difficulty with cause and effect and impulsivity.
Christine Lilley - DSM-5 and FASD
Dr. Christine Lilley shares information about the significant changes to the DSM as it relates to FASD.
This video speaks to the importance of observation in the classroom and how the observational information can be used to improve instructional decisions.
Explains how to establish classroom routines. Routines are an important part of establishing the structure that our learners with FASD depend on.
This video explains the importance of classroom transitions and demonstrates how to teach transitions to a group of students. Special thanks to Jennie Boulanger (SD 41 teacher), her class, and Margaret Sundberg (SD 41 District Learning Support Teacher and POPFASD District Partner).
Collaborative Initiative on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (CIFASD)
The purpose of this consortium is to inform and develop effective interventions and treatment approaches for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), through multidisciplinary research involving basic, behavioral and clinical investigators and projects. Contents Information about their key research
A brochure that outlines strategies for improving communication with learner's with FASD and other complex learning needs. Download PDF Communication Brochure
Communication - Language and Behaviour
Speech and Language Pathologist Sarah Dowling explores some of the reasons why learners may have behavioural reactions when they experience language problems.
Communication - Strategies That Work!
This video highlights ten strategies that will enhance your communication with all learners in the class, including those with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
Complex Developmental Behavioural Conditions
Sharon Davalovsky, from the Northern Health Authority, explains the Complex Developmental Behavioural Conditions (CDBC) Assessment Network by answering commonly asked questions.
Cris Rowan - Movement, Attention & Learning
Cris Rowan speaks about the importance of movement in improving our students' learning and attention.
Dan Dubovsky - The Approach
Dan Dubovsky speaks about an approach that we all need to use in our work with individuals with FASD.
Dan Dubovsky - Common Strengths of Students with FASD
Dan Dubovsky talks about the importance of looking for and utilizing the incredible strengths our students possess.
Dan Dubovsky - Comparing ODD, ADHD, and FASD
Dan Dubovsky compares the differences between ODD, ADHD, and FASD.
Dan Dubovsky - Fostering Interdependence
Dan Dubovsky speaks about the goal of fostering interdependence rather than striving for complete independence.
Dan Dubovsky - Mental Health Disorders and FASD
Dan Dubovsky speaks about how typical treatments for mental health disorders are not appropriate if FASD is a co-occurring diagnosis.
Dan Dubovsky - Rewards and Consequences
Dan Dubovsky speaks about why rewards and consequences may not work well for our students living with FASD
Dan Dubovsky - Strategies for Improving Outcomes
Dan Dubovsky shares a number of practical and universal strategy ideas for working with people who live with FASD.
Des gestes qui comptent
Pour aider les élèves atteints de troubles causés par l’alcoolisation foetale www.education.gov.yk.ca
Developing the IEP (Part 6) - Evaluating
Provides an overview of the process of monitoring, reviewing, and revising the IEP. Ongoing evaluation of the plan and learner ensures that the IEP develops along with the learner. Part 6 of 9.
Developing the IEP (Part 4) - Goals and Objectives
Provides an explanation of goals and objectives and some tips for writing effective goals and objectives. Our case study learner is used to demonstrate some effective IEP goals. Part 4 of 9.
Developing the IEP (Part 5) - Implementing
Explains how to implement the Individual Education Plan. Implementing the plan involves putting accommodations and resources that reflect the individual strengths and needs into place. Part 5 of 9.
Developing the IEP (Part 3) - Planning and Conducting
Explains how to plan and conduct an IEP meeting. Provides tips and reminders for preparing for and running the meeting. Part 3 of 9.
Developing the IEP (Part 2) - Preplanning
Provides an overview of the Preplanning phase of IEP development. Enhances understanding of the process for collecting information about the learner and how this information allows the IEP team to develop an effective and appropriate IEP. Part 2 of 9.
Developing the IEP (Part 7) - Reporting
Provides a brief description of the reporting process for a student with an IEP. Part 7 of 9.
Developing the IEP (Part 9) - Summary
A summary of the Individual Education Planning process and the IEP story of Nikki. Part 9 of 9.
Developing the IEP (Part 1) - Theory and Practice Overview
Provides an overview of the Individual Education Planning eLearning modules and introduces our fictional case study learner. Part 1 of 9.
Developing the IEP (Part 8) - Transitioning
Enhances understanding of the transitioning process at key points in the learner's development and provides tips and resources for planning transitioning. Part 8 of 9.
Disability Alliance BC
Disability Alliance BC is an umbrella group whose membership includes people with all types of disabilities.
Explains the developmental “gaps” between the student’s chronological and developmental age in different domains (eg. life skills, expressive language etc). Uses a case study with a teacher and a youth care worker. Introduces the LEIC analysis. Provides an example of the necessity of really kn
Educating Children and Young People with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
This educational guide, from NOFAS-UK, provides information about FASD, the educational implications, a framework for teaching students with FASD, and family dynamics. The guide provides practical strategies in the areas of communication, behaviour, social emotional development, physical development
Elementary Student Interview Form
Comments A great way to collect information about student that may help the planning process. The information gained by using this form provides information that will help educators establish stronger connnections with their students. Downloads [PDF Elementary Student Interview Form](https://static
The End of Ignorance: Multiplying our Human Potential
John Mighton is the founder of JUMP Math, a system of learning based on fostering emergent intelligence. In this book, he draws “on new research in brain development and calls for a re-examination of the assumptions which underlie current teaching. He pays attention to how kids pay attention, chro
Enseigner aux élèves ayant un ensemble des troubles causés par l'alcoolisation fœtale
Contents Cette ressource comprend: la définition de l’ETCAF dans laquelle on explique le processus pour obtenir un diagnostic, ainsi que les caractéristiques des élèves atteint de l’ETCAF; les éléments importants pour la programmation; la façon de structurer l’environnement de manière
Classroom environment can have a positive and negative impact on learning for children with FASD. This video discusses strategies for managing classroom environment to support learners with FASD.
A brochure that provides strategies for setting up a classroom environment to create a supportive environment for learners with FASD and complex learning needs. Download PDF Environment Brochure
Evidence and Art: Merging Forces in Pediatric Therapy
Contents The book has 9 chapters and includes topics such as "What is Motor Behaviour?", "Physiology of Motor Control", "Motor Learning", "Neuro-Developmental Treatment" and "Sensory Integration Theory". Extensive references are at the end of each chapter. Black and white diagrams and photos are inc
Family Life and Sexual Health Curriculum (F.L.A.S.H.)
Contents Divided into K – 4; 4 – 6; 7 – 8; 9 – 10; 11 – 12; Special Education: Secondary Lesson plans Addresses such issues as physical development, promotion of sexual health, prevention of disease, affection, interpersonal relationships, body image and gender roles Comments Revisions beg
FASD Relationships: What I Have learned About Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
This resource by Rod Densmore offer a way to understand body and brain differences caused by prenatal alcohol exposure. His unique perspective, as both a medical practitioner and a parent of a young adult with FASD, offers teachers, parents and other professionals information on a variety of topics
FASD & Stigma: Why Do Pregnant Women Drink?
A woman’s decision to consume alcohol during pregnancy is highly stigmatized. This video takes a rare and respectful look at the individual circumstances that surround the choice to drink.
FASD Strategies, not Solutions
This booklet is designed for caregivers and professionals who, in their everyday lives, encounter children and youth affected with FASD. Readers should be aware that this booklet provides strategies and suggestions for people who already have an understanding of FASD. For ease of reading, the child
FASD Toolkit for Aboriginal Families
Contents uses a Medicine Wheel to help front-line community workers explore issues, and find and apply appropriate tools and supports to address FASD at the community level overview of FASD characteristics and patterns at different stages of life assessment: relationship…advocacy strategies…home
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD): Across the Lifespan
This resource contains a collection of expert presentations and the accompanying discussions from the consensus development conference on fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) held in October 2009 in Edmonton, Alberta. Contents The book is structured around 6 key questions: What is Fetal Alcohol Sp
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: A Collection of Information
Contents The book has 14 sections and includes topics such as Context, Identification, Diagnostic Criteria, Understanding FASD as a Physical Disorder with Behavioural Symptoms, A Question of Fit, Trying Differently Rather than Harder, Thinking Differently and Putting it All Together. There are many
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and Complex Trauma - A resource for educators
This unique and useful resource is designed to support schools, educators, community members who work in schools with students with FASD and complex trauma. The resource was written for educators and communities in Western Australia but it translates well to the Canadian context. This resource is di
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Management and Policy Pespectives of FASD
This is a comprehensive resource featuring the scientific basis, prevalence, treatment options, socioeconomic impact and prevention strategies of FASD. It is edited by world-renowned experts and includes authors from various fields. The target audience is professionals dealing with the diagnosis, pr
General Guidelines for Supporting Adults with FASD
Excerpt: Adults with FASD tend to not be internally organized. They tend to “take on” the role of influential persons in their environment that are accepting and friendly. They have limited judgment about the consequences of their own actions. They have little ability to be affected by their own
Healthy Bodies: A Parent's Guide on Puberty for Boys/Girls with Disabilities
Content Sample chapter titles include: Boys edition No Couch Potatoes! Helping Your Son Stay Active Phew! What's that Smell? Boys Will be Boys Girls edition Oh Please, Not Here! Peers, Hormones, and Mood Swings The Female Exam and Menstrual Control Comments A great toolkit for caregivers that provid
HIV/AIDS Prevention Resources for Educators: Reaching Students With Special Learning Needs
Our mission is to support people, with all disabilities, to live with dignity, independence and as equal and full participants in the community. We champion issues impacting the lives of people with disabilities through our direct services, community partnerships, advocacy, research and publications
How to Divert Someone You Cannot Confront Without An Explosion?
Excerpt: Many individuals with organic brain dysfunction experience extreme emotional arousal when they feel “cornered” by an expectation or a question about what they are doing and why. When confused or uncertain, some people immediately become threatening and aggressive as a means of...
How Do I Explain To Others What Is Happening With My Child?
Contents "How Do I Explain To Others What Is Happening To My Child?" General Approach To Challenging Behavior Slow Pace Of Thinking Distractibility And Inattention Memory And Complexity Time Concepts And Transitions Who Has To Change? Trying Their Hardest, Doing Their Best! Comments stories, easy to
How to Give Choices to Someone Who May Violently Resist Guidance and Suggestions
Excerpt: Avoid: “Do you want to do XXX?” This may make the person feel boxed in and it gives them something to react against. “No.” It may also be necessary to avoid asking, “Do you want to do XXX or YYY?” This could create a potential conflict and could give a sense of being controlled
How to Respond to FASD Logic (One-Track-Mind and Concrete, In the Moment Thinking)
Excerpt: This 19 year old broke probation and took a $40 taxi ride to his parent’s house carrying his pet gerbil in a birdcage. The taxi driver is demanding his money while the young man is franticly asking his mother for food for the gerbil. The young man had run out of food for the gerbil and kn
How to Respond to What Appears to Be Lying
Excerpt: Telling different stories to different people is often seen as being manipulative. They may simply have no sense of connection between one situation and another; or no sense of continuity in their own interpretation of the situation. So they “make up” what seems to make sense to them at
How You Give Choices and Ask Questions Makes a Difference
Excerpt: There are subtle aspects about how we verbally interact with persons with disabilities that sometimes makes a great difference in their ability to respond. Some people will refuse any option or choice that was not their own idea. An individual may say "no" to any option suggested to them be
I am a Caregiver! Caregiver Resource Guide
This guide was developed by CANFASD as a way for caregivers to access important information and resources relating to providing care for children and adults with FASD. Download PDF I am a Caregiver!
Information for Administrators Brochure
An informative brochure designed to provide Administrators with key information regarding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Download PDF Information for Administrators Brochure
Integrated Case Management (ICM) Wraparound (WRAP) Working Together Guide
A guide to help professionals/individuals to implement the ICM/WRAP process. ICM/WRAP is a process for service delivery founded on the belief that all individuals/families have a central role in the process of planning. ICM/WRAP is both a philosophy (set of guiding principles) and a process (way of
It's So Much Work To Be Your Friend
Contents The book is divided into three sections: Why do they do the things they do? The impact of learning disorders on the development of social skills. Social skills on the homefront: Dealing with parents, siblings, and other strangers. Social skills at school: Reading, 'riting and 'rithmetic, an
Jack.org is the only national network of young leaders transforming the way we think about mental health. With initiatives and programs designed for young people, by young people, their goal is to end stigma in our generation.
Julie Conry - IQ Tests: What Are They Good For?
Dr. Julie Conry provides information about what IQ tests measure and how IQ tests may provide important information in getting a clearer picture of 'who' our students are.
Contents The JUMP Math program is both a philosophy and a set of materials and methods. It is primarily intended for use by teachers in the classroom. JUMP Math offers a complete package of materials covering the curricula for grades 1 to 8. It can also be used as a support in after-school tutoring
The story of a young woman's experiences living with FASD and how a web of support has helped her to be successful.
Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre
The Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre is a provincial resource centre that provides mental health and substance use information, resources, and peer support to children, youth and their families from across BC.
The Key Worker Program
Anne Fuller and Roxanne Hughes discuss the Ministry of Children and Families' Key Worker Program.
The Kids in My Class II: Students with Low Incidence Special Needs in regular classrooms
Contents 8 sections: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Visual Impairment Moderate Intellectual Ability Physical Disability Intensive Behaviour Challenges or Serious Mental Illness Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Other Syndromes Each section has a description, definition, characteristics, instructional strate
The Kids in My Class: Students with diverse needs in regular classrooms
Contents 8 sections: students with anxiety concerns students with attentional difficulties students with autism spectrum disorder students who are gifted students with learning disabilities students with severe learning disabilities students who are slower learners or have Mild Intellectual Disabili
Kim Barthel - Attachment
Kim Barthel speaks about the theory of attachment. A video excerpt from the 2009 POPFASD District Partner Meeting in Richmond, B.C.
Kim Barthel - Speaking about the Brain
Kim Barthel speaks about the brain and FASD. A video excerpt from the 2009 POPFASD District Partner Meeting in Richmond, B.C.
The LEIC Planning page is an informal tool that was created by the POPFASD team. It incorporates information from the field of FASD and effective student planning practices. The purpose for the tool is to guide a constructive and positive conversation about a student, focusing on the student's stren
Les transitions hors des soins institutionnalisés et les jeunes atteints de l’ETCAF au Manitoba
CECW - Centres of Excellence for Children's Well-Being L’objectif de ce feuillet d’information est de résumer les résultats obtenus par des chercheurs au Manitoba qui se sont penchés sur les antécédents de jeunes atteints de l’ensemble des troubles causés par l’alcoolisation foetale (E
L'inclusion en immersion
Alberta Guide de différenciation pédagogique pour répondre à divers besoins d’apprentissage. Dans ce document, vous trouverez des scénarios qui reflètent une réalité à l’égard de l’inclusion de tous les élèves dans la classe régulière de l’immersion française. PDF inclusionweb
Living with FASD: Drawing Hope
Contents A collection of five comics based on stories told by members of the Whitecrow Village Community. The stories are about struggling in school, the importance of friendship, and receiving support from friends and family. Comments Comic book format. Project made possible through a grant from th
Making a Difference: An Educator's Guide to Child and Youth Mental Health Problems
The Making a Difference guide is a 92 page resource that consists of 4-8 page sections on different of mental health issues (i.e., anxiety, attention problems, mood disorders, behaviour problems, eating disorders, self-harm, psychosis and substance use issues). The guide outlines the importance of m
Making a Difference: Working with Students who have Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Contents 14 chapters Introduction: explains FASD, diagnosis and who is at risk Essential Elements: each “element” is a separate chapter that includes strategies and stories related to the topic Meeting the Challenge Families and FASD Trying a different approach Establishing structure Observing b
Making the Right Choices: A Grade 5 – 8 Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Prevention Curriculum
Contents lesson plans with learning outcomes for each grade level 4 – 8 lessons that will use 12 – 15 class periods based on an average period length of 40 – 45 minutes suggestions for instruction and assessment black-line masters teacher-friendly advice resources, strategies, glossary and let
Making Space: Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice Throughout the K – 12 Curriculum
Contents Introduction and Context; Kindergarten to Grade 3; Grades 4 – 7; Grades 8 – 10; Grades 11 – 12; Appendices (includes Learning Resources, Selected Web Sites, Glossary) Each grade cluster includes curriculum connections to subject areas, sample lesson plans and suggestions for using exi
Matching Low Cost Technology to Individual Students (Part 1)
How to match technology to students needs. This is the first part of a two-part series. Watch part two, Matching Low Cost Technology to Individual Students (Part 2).
Matching Low Cost Technology to Individual Students (Part 2)
How to match technology to students needs, part 2. This is the second part of a two-part series. Watch part two, Matching Low Cost Technology to Individual Students (Part 1).
Many students with FASD display varying degrees of difficulty with memory. These difficulties can be misinterpreted as non-compliance and are often the cause of much frustration. Provides samples of accommodations for the teacher to use to support students with memory difficulties.
Mental Health and High School Curriculum Guide: Understanding Mental Health and Mental Illness
The guide, developed in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association, focuses on training teachers to be comfortable with their own knowledge of mental health and mental disorders. The guide then empowers the teachers to share this knowledge with their students through a curriculum delive
Mental Health in Schools: Engaging Learners, Preventing Problems, and Improving Schools
For many children, schools are the main or only providers of mental health services. In this visionary and comprehensive book, two nationally known experts describe a new approach to school-based mental health—one that better serves students, maximizes resources, and promotes academic performance.
Methods for Supporting More Independence with People Who Can Only Do One Thing at a Time
Excerpt: This young man who is helping you move boxes will do well if you ask him to, “Take this to the third floor and come right back for another load.” If you don’t give him such a concrete direction, he would go to the third floor and then wander off to do whatever crossed his mind at the
Contents Through great graphics, soothing voices, and calming music, Mind Yeti moves the listener through Moments and Powers. Moments include calm down, focus, get along, reset, create, and go to sleep. Powers include breath, kindness, gratitude, senses, body, feelings, and thought. Comments Mind Ye
Mind Your Mind
Mind Your Mind is a space for youth and young adults (14-24) to find support when going through tough times.
The MOFAS website contains a Resources page that provides access to some useful Brochures and Factsheets, Public Awareness posters, Books and Videos, and much more.
Nathan Ory - Dealing with Stealing
Nathan Ory speaks about strategies and approaches to use when kids steal. The is the second part of a two-part series dealing with stealing. Watch part one, Nathan Ory - Why Kids Steal.
Nathan Ory - Why Kids Steal
Nathan Ory speaks about the different reasons why kids steal. The is the first part of a two-part series dealing with stealing. Watch part two, Nathan Ory - Dealing with Stealing.
Nathan Ory - Why Typical Behavioural Approaches May Not Work
Nathan Ory speaks about why typical behavioural approaches may not work and provides ideas on how to make your interventions more effective.
National Alliance on Mental Illness
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
The Newly Non-Drinking Girl’s Guide to Pregnancy
Contents Hilarious and sound advice on how to survive-if-not-thrive without alcohol while pregnant. From practical information on alcohol and pregnancy to fun advice on surviving birthdays and finding sobriety support at home, this is the perfect book for anyone who finds herself pregnant. Includes
Overcoming Resistive Behavior by Letting it be Their Idea!
Excerpt: Some individuals are dependent on others to assist them to focus, but may be reactive against prompting, correction or any sense of failure to meet expectations. In situiations where the individual who is prompt dependent is responding to step-by-step, one-on-one guidance it is only necessa
Parent Interview Form
The parent interview form provides common questions that help educators to build a better understanding of their students. The form helps to start a conversation about a student and may assist in building rapport with the caregivers. Download PDF Parent Interview Form
Planification de transition pour les jeunes ayant des besoins particuliers: guide de soutien communautaire
Ministère du Développement de l’enfance et de la famille de la Colombie-Britannique, PDF support_guide_french.pdf
Planification pédagogique conjointe et soutien pour les enfants et les jeunes pris en charge: Lignes directrices interministérielles
Ministère du Développement de l’enfance et de la famille de la Colombie-Britannique PDF Download
POPARD is a BC Ministry of Education provincial resource program. Their site is designed to help teachers, parents and para-professionals access information about autism spectrum disorders. The website includes resources, a list of workshop opportunities, a list of services, a blog and several excel
Programming for Students with Special Needs Book 10: Teaching Students with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Building Strengths, Creating Hope
Contents What is FASD? Key concepts for planning effective education programs Creating a positive classroom climate Responding to students' needs Appendices: worksheets, handouts Comments Note: be sure to also download the "Sample Professional Development Activities" which includes facilitator notes
Programming for Students with Special Needs Book 3: Individual Program Planning
Contents Some chapter titles include Chapter 2: Encouraging Parent Involvement Chapter 6: Selecting Accommodations and Strategies Chapter 7: Making Goals Meaningful, Measurable and Manageable Chapter 8: Planning for Transitions Chapter 10: Getting off to a Good Start in Early Childhood Services (ECS
Re: defining Success: A team approach to supporting students with FASD
Contents Organized into chapters called "Actions". Some of the Action titles are: "Help school staff build an understanding of FASD", "Support positive behaviour", and "Support learning at home" Also has chapters called "Tools". Some of the Tools titles are: "Answering Basic Questions About FASD", "
Reach to Teach: Educating Elementary and Middle School Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Contents The content is organized in six sections: Introduction to FASD FASD in the Classroom Strategies for Improving School Success Reach to Teach: Applying Successful Strategies References Resources Two case studies are used throughout to exemplify issues and applications of strategies. The infor
Explains the importance and meaning of understanding students through developing “relationship”. Whitecrow staff share their ideas about relationship. Understanding that developing a relationship is a critical component to improving student success.
Relaxation Exercises (Trauma Center)
Content Along with a great explanation of why we need to relax, this resource provides tips for relaxation and an exercise to help us with progressive muscle relaxation. Comment A great resource, created by the Trauma Center, that shares information about the importance of relaxation and some ideas
Research-based Interventions for Children and Youth with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Revealing the Gap
Contents After reviewing close to 17,000 articles/studies, the authors concluded that there is limited scientific evidence upon which to draw recommendations regarding interventions for children and youth with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Comments Premji, et al conducted a systematic review to i
Ressources pour appuyer les élèves ayant divers besoins spéciaux pour les écoles francophones et d’immersion française
Alberta Liste de ressources publiées par Alberta Education pour appuyer les élèves ayant divers besoins spéciaux dans les écoles francophones et d'immersion française. PDF Download
The School Counselor's Mental Health Sourcebook: Strategies to Help Students Succeed
Rick Auger describes the disorders and strategies with a balance of simplicity and clinical depth. This time-saving resource gives busy school counselors strategies for helping students succeed in school and in life. Order Hard copy: Amazon
Youth with FASD and a parent speak about their school experiences and what worked well. Their stories clearly support the importance of understanding the learner and providing appropriate accommodations.
If primary disabilities are not accommodated by a “good fit”, other (ie secondary) behaviours and feelings result. These are often the behaviours we see in class (anger, shutdown etc). This module uses video clips from Whitecrow staff and the analogy of learning to cross-country ski to exemplify
Secondary Student Interview Form
Comments A great way to collect information about student that may help the planning process. The information gained by using this form provides information that will help educators establish stronger connnections with their students and to help engage students in their learning. Download PDF Second
SEL Assessment Guide
This is CASEL's new (2018) assessment guide. You are guided through a series of steps to help identify possible assessment tools you may wish to use for numerous CASEL competencies (align well with B.C. Curriculum Core Competencies), Some of the assessment tools shared are free, some are not. Note:
This video provides introductory information about sensory processing. We are working on a follow-up video that will provide more specific information about sensory profiles and appropriate accommodations.
Sesame Street in Communities
Contents The website is easy to navigate and includes printables, videos, interactive activities, read-alouds, and workshops. Comments Sesame Street in Communities is trauma focused material concentrating on simple coping skills for 'big feelings'. The focus is on skills to manage emotion, rather th
Shelley Moore - Bowling & Inclusion
Shelley Moore uses bowling as an analogy for inclusion in the classroom.
Shelley Moore - What is Inclusion?
Shelley Moore explains inclusion in the context of classrooms and schools.
Slow Processing Pace
Many students with FASD have difficulty with processing and auditory pace. This video provides samples of accommodations for the teacher to use.
So You Have Been Diganosed with FASD Now What? – A handbook of hopeful strategies for youth and young adults
Content The goal of this handbook is to help young people with FASD learn more about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). It also offers strategies that those with FASD can use to better understand themselves, improve relationships, manage feelings, do better in school and live a healthy life. In
The Ontario Ministry of Education has developed a K-12 resource guide to provide educators with information on the early signs of mental health and addiction problems, along with strategies that can be used in the classroom to support students. Download PDF Supporting Minds
A curriculum guide designed to support girls' physical activity and healthy living. While this guide is not specifically designed for individuals with FASD it has many concrete activities, allows for individual response and has many resources, ideas, and activities. Downloads PDF Take Care
Talking About Special Education: Volume 2: Talking About Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: An Information Handbook
Contents What is FASD? FASD identification Understanding people with FASD Basic needs of persons with FASD Teaching students with FASD Supporting behavioural changes Sample IEP ... and much more Order Hard copy: www.fnesc.ca $3.00 (Can.) Download PDF FASD Booklet
Taxi Dog Educational Program
Taxi Dog Educational Program focuses on promoting social and emotional competence, resiliency, and school success in children during the early elementary school years (kindergarten through third grade). The program is based on the beloved, long-selling children's book, The Adventures of Taxi Dog pub
The Teacher's Guide to Student Mental Health
This book provides information to expand teacher knowledge about the nature of various mental health disorders, describing how they are diagnosed and treated, how they manifest within the school setting, and classroom interventions and services that are most likely to be effective for these students
Teaching Kids with Mental Health & Learning Disorders in the Regular Classroom: How to Recognize, Understand, and Help Challenged (and Challenging) Students Succeed
Written for all classroom teachers, this book helps you understand generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), nonverbal learning disability (NVLD), Asperger’s syndrome, depression, ADHD, and other mental health issues and learning problems. Learn how to recognize the symptoms, respond appropriately, and
Teaching for the Prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Grades 1 – 12: A Resource for Teachers of Health and Life Skills, and Career and Life Management
This resource provides learning activities and background information for learner outcomes related to alcohol use and FASD. The goal of this resource is to raise awareness of the effects and characteristics of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) through learning activities that teachers can incor
Teaching Social Skills - Elementary
Many learners with FASD struggle with social skills due to difficulties with social awareness, complex expression of feelings, understanding directions, social cues and fast-paced conversations. In this module, we highlight a framework for working with learners with FASD to help them acquire the soc
Teaching Social Skills - Secondary
Many leaners with FASD struggle with social skills due to difficulties with social awareness, complex expression of feelings, understanding directions, social cues and fast-paced conversations. In this video, we highlight a framework for working with learners with FASD to help them acquire the socia
Teaching Students with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome/Effects: A Resource Guide for Teachers
Contents overview of FAS understanding the needs (divided into various sections such as): attentional difficulties social skills motor skills reading and writing ...and much more... developing an Individual Education Plan appendices, checklists, supplemental information Comments Needs updating (1996
Teaching to Diversity
A shared project of BCTF Research, Special Education Association, Learning Assistance Teachers' Association, and English as a Second Language Provincial Specialist Association. Purpose of the website maximize support for all students in the BC education system, especially those who receive Special E
A great website full of information to help you: learn more about mental health disorders; live with mental health disorders; and support someone living with mental health disorders.
The Meaning of and the Use of “Structure”
Excerpt: In my work with persons with autism, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities I am often asked to explain how to provide “structure.” The dictionary definition of “structure” as a noun is “the way in which parts are arranged or put together to form a wh
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Ministère du Développement de l’enfance et de la famille de la Colombie-Britannique, 2005 PDF Download
Tough Kids and Substance Abuse: a drug awareness program for children with ARND, FAS, FAE and cognitive disabilities
Contents Features a new drug awareness program that provides educators and other youth community professionals with practical strategies related to educating this group of youth about alcohol, inhalant and other drug issues. The resource book is divided into four units: Where Do We Begin? Assessing
Transition Planning and Resource Guide for Youth with Special Needs and Their Families who Live in Delta
Contents Introduction Your Transition Six Steps to a Successful Transition Plan Your Transition Planning Workbook – many worksheets and checklists Sample Transition Plans Transition Plan Template Resources Guide: 26 pages! Target audience: youth; very “user friendly” language Comments 8 x 11 h
Tells the story of a real-life student who transitions back to a middle school setting after being home-schooled for two years. This video shares the process for ensuring a successful transition.
Trying Differently Rather Than Harder
Contents What is Fetal Alcohol Syndrome? Reframing perceptions from "won't" to "can't" Applications for the classroom Examples of behavioural characteristics and effective adaptations Comments, questions and resources Order Hard copy: FASCETS Inc at 503-621-1271; $20.00 (US) or www.fascets.org Also
Understanding Distractibility and Inattention
Excerpt: The dictionary definition of “distractible” means “capable of being drawn aside or having attention diverted.” Also, “suffering conflicting emotions or distraught.” The definition of “inattention” is “lack of notice or regard.” There could be many aspects to a person who
Understanding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: A Guide to FASD for Parents, Carers, and Professionals
Contents An easy to read, informative guide written by two social workers. The book begins with a comprehensive section on what FASD is and the alcohol effects on the developing brain. It then moves on to a section on assessment and diagnosis, which is then followed by a strategies/supports section.
Understanding Mental Health: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
An estimated 40,000 children are born with a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in the United States each year. The impacts on school and family, and social life are immense. FASDs are a group of disorders and conditions that occur in people whose mothers drank alcohol during pregnancy. This useful tit
Welcome to Child & Youth Mental Health Services
To reduce the burden of suffering resulting from children's mental illness, child and youth mental health services are offered throughout British Columbia by the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD). These services provide a wide range of community-based specialized mental health servi
West Coast Alternate Cook Book - Volumes One and Two
West Coast Alternate is a school designed to work with students with FASD. The inspiration for this cookbook came from a cooking class. When one of the students wondered if they would remember all the recipes from the classes, the group thought it would be a great idea to put a cookbook together wit
What is FASD?
To improve the educational success of learners with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum (FASD), we have to understand FASD. This eLearning video shares current research and explains the common language of FASD in order to help you develop a better understanding of how this condition may affect learning.
What Parents and Caregivers Need to Know About Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
This valuable resource book for parents and caregivers of children and youth with FASD was published in 2018 by Health Child Manitoba. This book describes how FASD affects the brain and provides strategies to assist caregivers to decrease their child’s frustration and increase opportunities for su
When Something’s Wrong: Strategies for Teachers
A quick reference guide of useful classroom strategies to help elementary and secondary school teachers and administrators understand and assist students with mood, behaviour or thinking problems. Contents The handbook, now in its fifth printing (2015) and up-to-date with the DSM-V, is made up of se
Where the Heart Is - FASD and other parenting challenges
Contents topics: routine, budgeting, play, transportation, communication, child care, safety, making time, other helpful information each topic “stands alone” and can be used as a pull-out for discussion, learning or practice; can customize the help according to what parents need topics follow c
Who Has to Change? Trying Their Hardest, Doing Their Best!
Excerpt: Parents, teachers and support persons of individuals with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) are sometimes faced with episodes of extreme behavior. The first instinct we all follow is to use ‘common sense’ methods for controlling the disruptive behavior of any child. In many ways, c
Why Some People Can "Say" or "Talk" More Then THey Can Understand and Remember
Excerpt: For many people with developmental disabilities, they understand far more than they can express in their own words. Their "receptive" language is better than their "expressive" language. Quite the opposite is often the case for a person who has experienced pre-natal exposure to alcohol. Dow
Why Some People with Fetal Alcohol Exposure Don't "Get Better"!
Excerpt: Why is a supportive environment, positive modelling and "behavior management" with reinforcement for appropriate behavior, and negative consequences for inappropriate behavior sometimes just not effective in altering behavior patterns? Download PDF dontgetbetter.pdf
Working with Perfectionist Anxiety
Excerpt: Many persons with developmental disabilities will not attempt to do things unless they are certain that they know exactly what is expected, and that they can actually accomplish what is expected. They “lock in” on their “concrete” and “literal” interpretation of the “rules”,
You Can Do It Too
Contents In comic book format, tells the story of two children with FASD. One understands what it means to have FASD and shares what strategies work for her at school and at home; the latter does not understand FASD and has no strategies in place to help with his frustration. The former explains FAS
Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents: A Practical Guide to Assessment and Intervention (2nd Edition)
...1: Overview of Executive Skills Chapter 2: Assessing Executive Skills Chapter 3: Linking Assessment to Intervention Chapters 4-7: Specific Interventions for Specific Executive Skills Chapter 8: Executive Skills Interventions within a Response-to-Intervention Framework Chapter 9:...
Promoting Executive Function in the Classroom
...21st Century Teachers Creating a Classroomwide Executive Function Culture That Fosters Strategy Use, Motivation and Resilience Part Two Scaffolding Executive Function Processes into the Curriculum Content (goal setting, organizing, remembering, shifting and flexible problem- solving,...
Executive Functions (Part 1)
Dr. Kim Kerns, from the University of Victoria, describes the construct of executive functions.
Executive Functions (Part 2)
Lynda Struthers describes what executive functioning difficulties may look like in the classroom, specifically focusing on the areas of reading, writing, and math.
Executive Functions (Part 3)
Dr. Lynda Struthers provides some classroom support ideas to address the various aspects of executive functioning.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: Educational Strategies
...4 - Communication Section 5 - Executive Functions Section 6 - Brain-based Teaching Methods Section 7 - Social Skills and Behaviour Comments Great section on executive functions and ideas around teaching students specific strategies. Order Hard copy: contact the Center for...
Speaking and Learning the FASD Way
...Development Consequences Environment / Structure Executive Dysfunction Communication Skills Building Relationships Life Skills for Success Learning the FASD Way Resources Comments Many strategies and tools for the classroom teacher. Note: Written by a BC teacher with over twenty five years...
Supporting Students with Working Memory Difficulties
Working memory is an executive function that allows us to hold information in mind while working with it. Working memory is critical in the process of storing information in long-term memory. It is also critical in retreiving previously learned information from memory. In fact, most of the...
What Educators Need to Know About FASD: Working Together to Educate Children in Manitoba with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
...Achievement Memory Skills Executive Functioning and Abstract Reasoning Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Adaptive Skills What Students Want their Teachers to Know: provides a presentation by Joe, a middle school student with FASD, who tells what works for him What Parents...