People are hearing a lot about Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), but they’re not sure where to start to make a difference. Through presentation of information and locally-produced practice resources, this workshop will cover some of the basics of FASD practice in prevention and intervention, and will leave attendees with the understanding that there is something that we can all do to start to make a difference.
Rose Hawkins is the Regional disability advisor for Oranga Tamariki for Auckland South, Central and North-West regions, and for Te Tai Tokerau. My background is in the health/disability sector and as a foster carer and mediator. With the high prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in children in care and youth justice, among other things, I highlight FASD and have developed resources to support tamariki with these invisible impairments. I’m aware that, with more widespread FASD-informed support across sectors, children can succeed better at home and in education, and lead more productive lives.