Redbridge SERC

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Description

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is a pattern of mental and physical defects that can develop in a foetus when the mother drinks alcohol during pregnancy.

The timing and frequency of the alcohol consumption during pregnancy are major factors in the risk of a child developing FAS.

The ingestion of alcohol does not always result in FAS.

The effects of FAS are irreversible.

Fact sheets

Training / Help

Training and support can be provided by

  • Newbridge Outreach
  • Hatton Outreach
  • New Rush Hall
  • SERC

Videos

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Educational implications

Educational Implications for teaching pupils with FAS.

Screenshot for video: Effects of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Effects of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

A 7 minute film summarising the effects of FAS.

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Fetal Alcohol Syndrome key facts video

Key facts & photographic images in a short information video.

Learning Aids

Twinkl Website great resources

Twinkl Website great resources

Available from: Twinkl resources

Highly recommended This is a great site with great clear resources for Literacy, Numeracy, Assessment, Language, Rewards, Visual timetable, Curriculum areas

Illustrations

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Photo Image

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Photo Image

Photo image of a young child with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.
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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the rate of occurance of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome?

    It is estimated that between 0.2/1.5 in every 1000 live births.

  • What effect can the alcohol have?

    Alcohol crosses the placenta and can

    • stunt foetal growth and weight
    • create distintive facial stigmata
    • damage neurons and brain systems
    • cause pychological or behavioural problems
    • physical damage
  • What are the educational implications for students who have Fetal Alcohol Syndrome?
    • ensuring good clear firm routines with visual support
    • enforcing simple rules and consequences
    • rewarding good behaviour
    • providing emotional nurturing and ensuring emotional safety
    • supporting fine motor difficulties contact Newbridge Outreach or OT for ideas
    • considering regular fine motor activities such as Healthy Hands
    • supporting fine motor needs with increased access to ICT- contact SERC for support.
  • How can I help a pupil who has Fetal Alcohol Syndrome?

    You can help by

    • ensuring you provide good clear boundaries
    • provide visual support
    • enforcing simple rules and consequences
    • rewarding good behaviour
    • providing emotional nurturing and ensuring emotional safety
    • support fine motor difficulties - Newbridge Outreach, SERC and OT can all offer advice
    • Healthy Hands and Healthy Body
    • support recording difficulties with greater access to ICT

Family Resources

Comprehensive collection of links relating to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Website: 
http://www.familyvillage.wisc.edu/lib_fas.htm
Description

The National Organisation on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Phone: 
0208 458 5951
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Website: 
http://www.nofas-uk.org/
Description

The National Organisation on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome provide

  • DVD's, books, leaflets to provide specific information relating to FAS.
  • News and events
  • Training

Contact a family

Website: 
http://www.cafamily.org.uk/
Description

A UK wide charity providing advice, information and support to parents of all disabled children. 

Outreach Services

Hatton Outreach Service

Phone: 
020 8551 4131
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Website: 
http://www.hattonspecialschool.co.uk/
Description

This specialist outreach support and consultancy service provides support for individual pupils in mainstream primary schools.

The outreach service works with pupils who have a range of significant language, social and learning needs.

Some pupils may have a statement of special educational needs, while others will have significant needs and working at school action plus.

Occupational Therapy

Phone: 
020 8924 6111
Website: 
http://www.redbridge.gov.uk/
Description

The Occupational Therapy Team are now based at Redbridge Child Development Centre (0 -19yrs), previously known as The Kenwood Centre in Barkingside.

Little Heath Outreach Service

Phone: 
020 8599 4864
Email: 
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Website: 
http://lheath.net/home
Description

Support can be provided for students with:

  • language and communication difficulties including Autistic Spectrum Disorders and Asperger’s Syndrome;
  • specific learning difficulties;
  • general learning difficulties.
  • specific language difficulties;