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Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder training for professionals

We have a wonderful training opportunity this November if you would like to join one of these in person workshops aimed at increasing understanding of PAE/ FASD.    FASD is the leading known cause of lifelong intellectual disability, caused by exposure of the foetus to alcohol during pregnancy. 


The dates and venues for these are below.   Book early to avoid disappointment as places are strictly limited.    Email 
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  • Donegal Education Centre (Donegal town), Tuesday 15th November.  5 - 7.30 pm.
  • Sligo Education centre, Tuesday 22nd November   5- 7.30 pm
  • Carrick on Shannon education centre, Thursday 24th November.  5-7.30pm




Tuesday, November 29th, 5-7.30pm

This workshop will provide a brief overview and awareness building about PAE/FASD in the classroom and community. Because the structure and function of the brains of those with PAE/FASD are different; those with this condition learn and retain information very differently than the general population. The workshop will include the most common behavioural and cognitive difficulties associated with it and point to some simple adaptions to services that can be made. Suitable as an introduction for those with little or no knowledge of FASD.

Learning outcomes of 2.5hour training, educators will:

  1. Start to understand the contributing factors and incidence rates for FASD in Ireland and around the world. 
  2. Become familiar with common signs and symptoms of FASD, and the typical difficulties for both those with the condition and supporting professional when these are misunderstood.
  3. Understand some of the underlying biological challenges that give rise to the cognitive and sensory issues typical in FASD.
  4. Start to develop an understanding of the principles of how the brains affected by PAE/FASD are different so that expectations and support can best be tailored to each child/person.

Take Away Resources:  Participants will also leave with handouts, link to the most relevant websites and newly developed tool called “My Kind of Mind, A Guide to Understanding [FASD]”

Facilitator:David Gerry BSc Biology & Psychology In addition to raising two now 30+ year old adults with FASD, he has co-foundedcharities/non-profits in two countries to advocate for and support other families raising members with this condition

Paula Leonard (She/Her), National Lead, Community Action on Alcohol, Alcohol Forum Ireland

Mob 087 1839573


Donegal Education Centre,
Floor 2/3, Pier 1,
Quay Street
Donegal Town
Co. Donegal

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