Caregiver Curriculum on FASD 2014 Is Available on!

ANNOUNCEMENT – May 14, 2014

The Caregiver Curriculum on FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) 2014 is online. On the homepage, click on "Learning" and you will find the topics and modules. The curriculum has a range of topics on FASD that have been set up as self-study, stand-alone modules for foster parents, families, caregivers, educators, allied health professionals, foster care trainers and any lifelong learner. This new resource (caregiver curriculum) was developed as a deliverable from the research project: A Tri-Province Initiative to Expand Understanding of Costs, Services & Prevention of a Public Health Issue: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder & Children/Youth in Care [2010-2014] that included Alberta, Ontario and Manitoba and funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).

These modules were designed with caregivers in mind and were reviewed by an advisory committee prior to completion. It is a free resource that can be shared, printed and used for training activities or learning. Each module ends with a recap and activity. A focus on caregiver stress, grief and loss issues as well as self-care were an important part of this work. This curriculum is a learning resource whose focus is to create a deeper understanding of the needs of children and caregivers and is not intended to replace professional direction or medical advice.

The modules are in PowerPoint and PDF (a link to both PowerPoint viewer and Adobe Acrobat viewer are included at the bottom of the curriculum page). We recommend using PowerPoint if possible due to the embedded links. You are free to print the curriculum, to share it with others and to use it as a tool for training activities.

Topic 1: The Impact of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Module 1.1 The Impact of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: The neurological, psychological and behavioural effects of FASD

Module 1.2 Neurological Effects of FASD

Module 1.3 Co-occuring Conditions

Topic 2 - Understanding FASD as a Disability for Children in Care

Module 2.1 Understanding FASD as a Disability

Module 2.2 Viewing FASD as a Lifespan Disability

Module 2.3 FASD Informed Care

Module 2.4 FASD and Employment

Module 2.5 Reframing FASD from a Strengths Based Perspective

Topic 3: Caregiver Self-Care

Module 3.1 Caring for the Caregiver

Module 3.2 Compassion Fatigue

Topic 4: FASD and Behavior

Module 4.1 Behavioral Concerns and FASD

Module 4.2 Understanding Dismaturity

Module 4.3 Adjusting and Adapting Expectations

Module 4.4 Practical Approaches to Behavior Management

Topic 5: Grief and Loss (Special Topic)

Module 5.1 Grief and Loss

Module 5.2 Grief and Loss (2)

Topic 6: Working with Professionals

Module 6.1 The Interprofessional Matrix on FASD - Working with Professionals

If you have questions, suggestions or want to provide feedback, please contact me at the e-mail address below. If anyone would be interested in participating in an evaluation of this curriculum please e-mail me and I will keep a list of names for future surveys. If there is a topic that you believe should be included as a module let me know. There were many caring individuals who helped guide the curriculum topics and offered direction, and we hope that this work will continue to grow and develop. Additionally, you are also welcome to post any announcements on the website that is hosted by the Children's Aid Society of Toronto.


Dorothy Badry, PhD, RSW

Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Work

University of Calgary

2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 1N4

Dr. Deborah Goodman

Director, Child Welfare Institute, Children’s Aid Society of Toronto

30 Isabella Street, 7th Floor, Toronto, ON  M4Y 1N1