Teachers are not aware that there are as many as 4 children born prematurely in every classroom. These children are often ‘ wired differently’. Their profiles of learning can be quite different. They can attain and achieve , but the routes for getting there may be different from those traditionally used by teachers .
Two new articles have highlighted this issue and the challenges for the teaching profession.
On 31st January 2013 at the Institute of Education in London, there will be a national conference to focus on this issue.
Please think of coming along.
NOFAS-UK is pleased to announce the release of the eighth issue of the FETAL ALCOHOL FORUM with the latest FASD research and articles from a range of experts in the field of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. It includes an educational article by Barry Carpenter, with specific reference to the work of Carolyn Blackburn ( currently a researcher at Birmingham City University,) some of which can be found on the NOFAS-UK website. Early Years practitioners would really find Carolyn’s study, “Building Bridges to Understanding” enormously valuable.
An interview with Professor Barry Carpenter about FASD has recently been published in the Secondary Education Journal Sec Ed. The article can be viewed online here
Leading Lights, the newsletter of the New Zealand Educational Administration & Leadership Society, has recently published a book review of “Educating Children and Young People With Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: Constructing personalised pathways to learning”
Preview of “LL Vol 4 2012c.pdf”
This is a new initiative from the Department of Children’s Services in South Australia. Some helpful ideas, in a little discussed area.
Many teachers in Primary Schools are reporting a changing population of children in their classrooms. They are seeing more children with what they describe as having ‘ Complex Needs”.
This article describe a case study from the DfE funded research project on children with Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities, which specifically focuses on the application of some of the ‘new generation pedagogy ‘ in the Primary classroom.
In his recent visit to Australia Barry was interviewed by ABC south Australia about FAS and the effects of drinking during pregnancy. The interview can be heard here:
A link to the SSAT think pieces with ideas around families and complex needs.
This booklet, produced by National Organisation for Foetal Alcohol Syndrome UK, provides a concise introduction to FASD written for parents, carers and professionals. This can also be found in the links and resources section.
National Organisation for Foetal Alcohol Syndrome UK FASD Factsheet
The file below contains information and purchase options for publications by Barry Carpenter Available in Australia and New Zealand
Barry Carpenter NZ