We’re thrilled to announce the launch of our new podcast, “FASD: A guide for Speech & Language Therapists.” This podcast aims to equip and empower Speech and Language Therapists, both learning and qualified, with the knowledge and tools to identify and address Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in children. By raising awareness and improving recognition of FASD, we can help reduce cases of this preventable disorder and provide better support to affected individuals and their families.
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FASD is a brain-based disorder caused by alcohol exposure during pregnancy. It affects millions of people in the UK, yet it remains chronically mis- or under-diagnosed. What sets FASD apart is that it can manifest in more than 400 co-occurring conditions throughout the body and across the lifespan. By delving into the language and communication aspects associated with FASD, this podcast provides valuable insights to help Speech and Language Therapists recognise the disorder’s various presentations. Find out more about FASD here.
The Role of Speech & Language Therapists
For most children with FASD, speech, language, and communication needs are prevalent, making Speech and Language Therapists crucial in identifying and supporting them. As the first point of contact for many families, Speech and Language Therapists play a vital role in ensuring early intervention and appropriate referrals to the multidisciplinary team. This podcast equips therapists with the knowledge to navigate the clinical presentation of FASD and understand the far-reaching impact on the lives of affected individuals and their families.
The podcast features insightful conversations with leading professionals in the field, including Speech & Language Therapists Rachel Jackson and Morag Burns, who share their expertise and experiences in working with individuals with FASD. We are also joined by Sandy Butcher, the Chief Executive of the National Organisation for FASD, providing a comprehensive understanding of the disorder and its implications.
While the podcast primarily caters to Speech and Language Therapists, it also offers immense value for parents, carers, and educators of individuals with FASD.
Join us in this crucial conversation
To further enhance your knowledge on FASD and support services, we have included valuable resources and links below. These range from educational videos and guidance to organisations dedicated to FASD research, support, and training. We encourage you to explore these resources and extend your understanding beyond the podcast.
- NICE Quality Standard https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/qs204
- Me & My FASD https://fasd.me/
- National Organisation for FASD https://nationalfasd.org.uk/
- FASD Local Alliance https://fasd-uk.net/
- Fetal Alcohol Advisory Support & Training Team (FAAST) at Edinburgh University https://www.faast.ed.ac.uk/
- FASD Greater Manchester https://fasdgreatermanchester.co.uk/
- Greater Manchester FASD Network https://www.10gm.org.uk/fasd.html
- Primary Care podcast with Consultant Psychiatrist Dr. Raja Mukherjee, Neurodevelopmental Disorders in Children (focus on FASD) – https://www.podbean.com/ew/pb-w4nts-12ca7ca