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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: supporting children and young people


24/03/2020 09:30






Update to our learning programme

As part of our organisational response to the COVID-19 virus, Children in Scotland has adapted our training and events programme to a digital webinar offer for the foreseeable future.

We believe it is important that the sector continues to build resilient networks, share helpful resources and develop the skills our workforce needs to provide high-quality support to children and young people.

As such we will be rescheduling and/or changing the format of our upcoming events. Please note that our Learning and Events team will be in touch with everyone who has booked a place at a March-April event to confirm arrangements. From 5pm on Wednesday 18 March our office will be closed, and staff will be working from home – you can contact the team on

About this event

Exposure to alcohol prenatally can interfere with a child’s development, and cause growth deficiency and alterations to the internal organs, skeleton and central nervous systems. Often the conditions may go undiagnosed, or be misdiagnosed, for example as autism. This workshop will illustrate the wide range of conditions
encompassed by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and explore practical ways of supporting children who are affected.

Key learning:

  • Conditions and symptoms by age and stage, and diagnosis
  • Secondary disorders
  • Impact on learning and development
  • Support tools and strategies for building on strengths.

Facilitator bio

Eileen Calder BSc (Hons), BA (Hons), is a psychologist with 19 years of experience of parenting and working with children/youth/adults affected by FASD.

Eileen has established a Scottish support group for families affected by FASD and advocates on issues affecting the individual child, adult and family. FASD Scotland is working to raise awareness of the FASD and train professional groups, families and the general public with an aim to reduce prevalence and develop services for those affected.

Eileen's qualifications and experiences include Psychology, Complexity, Management and Change. Eileen has worked as a psychologist with the Scottish Prison Service on Risk and Needs Assessment, Violence Prevention and Drugs Relapse Prevention.

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