This webinar will describe FASD and its impact on each area of child development.
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD) is a condition caused by prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) and affects children’s development and mental health throughout their life. Approximately 2%-5% of Australian children are affected by this condition.
In many instances, children affected by PAE can present with learning difficulties, behavioral concerns and attention difficulties that can mean it is more difficult for them to master the developmental tasks of childhood. This can include participation in learning, development of self-regulation, and development of peer relationships. Over time, this places children at increased risk of developing mental health concerns.
Social workers and allied health professionals working across children’s services, welfare services, and school settings are likely to encounter children who are living with the impact of PAE. Early identification of affected children can significantly improve their ability to take part in normative developmental opportunities and protect their mental health.
This webinar will describe FASD and its impact on each area of child development. This will be followed by a discussion of indicators that can support the early identification of children at risk of developing mental health concerns. The principles of effective support will also be discussed alongside exploration of available support and resources for children, families, and supporting professionals.
Who should attend? This webinar is suitable for any social workers who work in children’s services, welfare services, and/or school settings. Allied health professionals, counsellors, community workers and school support staff are also encouraged to attend.
By the end of this program, participants will be able to:
- Understand the potential impacts of PAE and FASD on child development
- Recognise and identify common indicators of PAE in children aged 0-12
- Consider factors involved in providing effective support to children and families impacted by PAE
- Evaluate and access a range of appropriate supports and resources for clients and their families
AASW Credentials: Mental Health; Disability
Can't attend live? Your registration includes a copy of the presentation slides and 2 weeks' free access to the event recording.
Dr Sara McLean is a registered psychologist and Knowledge Translation Advisor for Emerging Minds. Sara also runs a private practice and consultancy in the areas of child protection, disability and developmental difference, and children with challenging behaviours.
Sara has published widely on the support needs of children with developmental difference arising from disability, prenatal and early life adversity, and trauma. Sara has a special interest in the developmental needs of children with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
Sara is also the author of the ‘Fostering Difference’ website and materials, and the book ‘Parenting traumatized children with Developmental Differences’ (Jessica Kingsley Publishers).
Sara was awarded the ACU Linacre Fellowship at Oxford University in recognition of her critical analysis of the out of home care system, and her work supporting children in care.