Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an invisible brain-based disability that arises due to prenatal alcohol exposure. FASD one of the leading causes of developmental disabilities in North America. Understanding the structural changes in the FASD brain will allow for a better understanding of the cognitive/behavioural difficulties witnessed in the child’s environment, including interactions with the justice system. The rate of FASD among the inmate population is approximately 28 times higher than in the general population. Youth with FASD are 19 times more likely to be confined than their non-affected peers. Those in human services who have a good understanding of FASD and relevant strategies are better able to provide a supportive environment that will enable success. The learning objectives of this session include gaining an understanding of the impact of FASD on brain domains, the characteristics of someone with FASD and a framework to use with individuals with FASD.
Presenter: Meera Sidhu