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EdPlace offers thousands of interactive learning resources from year 1 to GCSE, made accessible for children with SEND. We’re here to help support your child through their learning journey. We understand that finding the type of support your child may need can be daunting.

Mandy, our Head of SEND provides a generalised overview on some of the most common questions when it comes to supporting your child’s education.

Please note: It’s important to remember that each diagnosis is unique to the individual. There are personal, LA and regional differences in diagnostic routes and available interventions.

If you’re concerned your child has symptoms of FASD, and you wish to pursue a diagnosis and/or access help, you should seek professional advice from your GP, Health Visitor or SENCo to ensure you’re referred to the correct services in your area.

Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a diagnostic term used to describe impacts on the brain and body of children prenatally exposed to alcohol.

Below are some points as a synopsis of the route to a FASD diagnosis, from the FASD network:

  • Diagnosis is dependant on thorough formal assessment carried out by an informed professional/specialist when there is strong evidence of prenatal exposure to alcohol.
  • More than 70% of children with FASD have progressed through the care service so it’s not surprising that many parents are foster, adoptive and kinship carers.

For detailed and specialist advice visit https://www.fasdnetwork.org .

Some behaviours and symptoms that you may see in a child with FASDEvery individual will have their own unique set of natural abilities, difficulties and experiences within a diagnosis.

  • No two children with FASD are exactly alike, either physically or behaviourally.
  • You may notice issues with hyperactivity, attention, theory of mind and behaviour.
  • Disrupted school experiences, mental health, legal issues, difficulties with independence and personal life, may all be problematic even if a child’s support needs are being understood and met.
  • FASD really does have an impact on most life experiences. It is important to remember that although people with FASD have lots of challenges to face, they also can be extremely caring and have their own strengths and talents that should be focused on.
  • FASD is a spectrum, therefore it can have a massive or minimal effect on an individual.
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    We think it’s time to shine a light on the positive traits and strengths, and champion each individual’s differences!

    People with FASD have their own personal attributes and skills on top of FASD superpowers, such as caring and kindness! Once you’re a trusted person you will feel the full force of the FASD superpowers of love and kindness. Intuitive awareness of others and the ability to notice external happiness is an amazing attribute to own.

    Additional support

    • A diagnosis of FASD usually (but not naturally) qualifies for an EHCP as your child’s additional needs are high, which entitles the child to extra funding at school to receive appropriate intervention to help them access the curriculum.
    • When your child receives a diagnosis of FASD, and if appropriate, you could start the process of applying for an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). If awarded one (once you have completed the necessary assessments and process to qualify), you’ll get access to additional support at school for your child. An EHCP is an entitlement to provision, to ensure your child’s school applies interventions and adaptations to the learning environment, so they’re accessing the curriculum appropriately, and are safe and happy at school.
    • Click on the logo to find out more about EHCPs on the government website.

    • Sometimes, your local authority may offer a specialist SEMHD school placement. If mainstream school is the best option for your child with FASD, then they should have access to differentiated learning and a safe, reliable and consistent place for them to go if they are having difficulties.
    • A Teaching Assistant may be appropriate to not just help regulate emotions and be a calming influence on your child in tricky situations, but to also ensure that the curriculum is accessible and differentiated as required.

    EdPlace educational resources supports students with FASD

    • The resources and activities throughout the platform are interactive, engaging and visually presented.
    • All of the tasks can be differentiated using our levelling system to ensure that all tasks are accessible and achievable.
    • Progress scores and attainment are visually represented and easily monitored by yourself and your child.
    • You can create bespoke rewards for your child, so that you can set something that is equally motivating and enticing but also achievable.
    • A reading ruler and window can reduce the amount of exposed information on the screen if a child has sensory processing difficulties that can be comorbid with FASD.

    All of these features can help your child with FASD to engage in learning, discreetly using their personalised preference to help them reach their full potential


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