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Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD): The Parent Perspective and The Role of Educational Psychologists (EPs) with Dr Rebecca Griffiths
During this webinar I will present my doctoral research which gathered the voice of adoptive parents and foster carers who parent a child with a confirmed diagnosis of foetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). Their views were explored in relation to their experiences of the family-school interaction, their perceptions of their child’s experience of school, as well as their experiences of educational psychologist (EP) involvement with their child. The findings highlighted that parents of children with FASD consider school to be overwhelmingly challenging for their children. This related in part to within-child factors linked to FASD, however, to a greater extent these difficulties were systemic, meaning that positive change is possible and there is certainly a role for EPs in supporting this. Amongst other findings, the need for improved knowledge and understanding of FASD within the school system and amongst EPs was identified. It is hoped that this webinar, although a brief overview, will go some way to supporting this. Recommendations for how EPs might undertake a more supportive role in this context will also be provided.

Feb 2, 2023 04:00 PM in London

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