Trying Differently Rather Than Harder, by Diane Malbin, MSW

This book provides a readable, narrative discussion of the neurobehavioural approach for working effectively with children, adolescents and adults with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. After a brief review of the diagnosis, the focus is on understanding behaviours differently. One section explores the most common behavioural symptoms by providing case examples, interventions, and improved outcomes. The neurobehavioural approach in Trying Differently Rather Than Harder is illustrated by stories of how alternative interventions lead to reduced frustration with the neurobehavioural symptoms of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

80 pages, Second Edition, Illustrated, Revised 2002

Can be ordered directly from FASCETS Inc.


Fetal Alcohol and Other Drug Effects

A Four-Part Training Series for Parents and Professionals

These four one-hour training programs were developed to provide accessible, practical information on FASD to help parents, families, and professionals, and to support program development.

Part 1: Diagnostic Criteria: Effects of Prenatal Exposure

Provides current information about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, including the history of references to drinking and pregnancy outcomes, diagnostic criteria and the range of effects of prenatal alcohol and drug exposure.

Part 2: Common Learning and Behavioural Characteristics

Introduces a visual model for linking neurobehavioural symptoms associated with FASD. Stories illustrate what these symptoms mean for children, adolescents and adults who have FASD. Parents and professionals in a studio audience contribute examples of successful accommodations and supports for people living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

Part 3: Behaviours and Overlapping Diagnoses

Explores multiple diagnoses given to children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Includes a discussion of the most common overlapping diagnoses, e.g., Attention Deficit Disorder, Conduct Disorder, and others. Parenting and professional strategies for supporting the neurobehavioural symptoms of FASD and for preventing and reducing common secondary behaviours associated with FASD are explored.

Part 4: Barriers to Identification: Historical, Cultural, Professional and Personal

Judy Cropp, Cofounder of FASCETS, and grandparent of children prenatally exposed to alcohol and drugs, and Debra Evensen, educational consultant and FASD specialist in Alaska, are interviewed. Judy talks about her granddaughter, and how she was able to talk with her daughter about FASD; Debra tells stories about the impact of discovering FASD professionally. Both share examples of their successes using the neurobehavioural approach to support people living with FASD in their personal lives and work.

Can be ordered directly from FASCETS