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The printed materials and training DVD offered by FASCETS are based on research, clinical work, and personal experiences. They have been developed to provide current, useful, understandable information for parents, professionals and people with FASD, and to support collaboration among families, professionals, agencies and organizations.

The following materials support development of a common language for talking about behaviors differently, so that parents, psychologists, educators and family members are all "on the same page." This information increases understanding, reduces frustration, and supports development of different and more effective strategies.


Fetal Alcohol / Neurobehavioral Conditions: Understanding and Application of a Brain-Based Approach -
A Collection of Information for Parents and Professionals
  by Diane Malbin, MSW  

This collection is organized around the following topics:

  • Diagnostic criteria for FAS and the range of neurobehavioral effects from alcohol and other drugs
  • A framework for understanding behaviors and overlapping diagnoses
  • How it is that good parenting and professional techniques may be ineffective
  • Guidelines for developing appropriate accommodations at home, school and the community

    220  pages, Third Edition,  Revised 2012 -- $35.00

    Trying Differently Rather Than Harder,
    by Diane Malbin, MSW

    This book provides a readable, narrative discussion of the neurobehavioral approach for working effectively with children, adolescents and adults with FASD. After a brief review of the diagnosis, the focus is on understanding behaviors differently - primary and secondary learning and behavioral characteristics. One section explores the most common behavioral symptoms by providing case examples, interventions, and improved outcomes. The neurobehavioral approach in Trying Differently Rather Than Harder   is illustrated by stories of how alternative interventions lead to less frustration.

    80 pages, Second Edition, Illustrated, Revised 2002 -- $20.00


    Fetal Alcohol and Other Drug Effects
    A Four-Part Training Series for Parents and Professionals

    These four one-hour training programs were developed to provide accessible, practical information to help parents, families, and professionals, and to support program development.

    Part 1: Diagnostic Criteria: Effects of Prenatal Exposure
    Provides current information about FASD, including the history of references to drinking and pregnancy outcomes, diagnostic criteria and the range of effects of prenatal alcohol and drug exposure.

    Part 2: Common Learning and Behavioral Characteristics
    Introduces a visual model for linking neurobehavioral symptoms associated with FASD. Stories illustrate what these symptoms mean for children, adolescents and adults who have FASD. Parents and professionals in a studio audience contribute examples of successful accommodations.

    Part 3: Behaviors and Overlapping Diagnoses
    Explores multiple diagnoses given to children with FASD. Includes a discussion of the most common overlapping diagnoses, e.g., Attention Deficit Disorder, Conduct Disorder, and others. Parenting and professional strategies and neurobehavioral symptoms are explored to clarify their fit. The model for applying this understanding to prevent secondary behaviors is also introduced.

    Part 4: Barriers to Identification: Historical, Cultural, Professional and Personal
    Judy Cropp, Cofounder of FASCETS, and grandparent of children prenatally exposed to alcohol and drugs, and Debra Evensen, educational consultant and FAS specialist in
    , are interviewed. Judy talks about her granddaughter, and how she was able to talk with her daughter about FAS; Debra tells stories about the impact of discovering FASD professionally. Both share examples of their successes in their personal lives and work.

    Price for parents, caregivers: $150.00 (U.S.)
    Price for professionals, organizations $200.00 (U.S.)





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