Date
19 February 2019

Teach students about FASD, cause and effects

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Creating an inclusive learning environment that supports students with FASD in years 9–13’

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Whole-school approach

Whole-school approach

A positive whole-school approach to alcohol education, including and involving the wider school community, is important in shaping the values, attitudes, and behaviours of students.

This approach enhances student achievement, engagement, and retention and helps students feel they belong and are valued.

One-off events such as expos and presentations that focus on delivering information are less effective. They don’t take account of an individual student’s learning needs or particular school contexts.

Consult with the community and plan an approach that acknowledges culture and diversity.

Source: Alcohol and other drug education programmes – Guide for schools (opens in a new tab/window)

The NZ Curriculum

The NZ Curriculum

The cause and effects of FASD are an important part of alcohol and other drug (AoD) education. This sits primarily in the health and physical education learning area of the NZC. As a context for learning it also has relevance for the social sciences, English, and science.

Plan authentic learning experiences that are relevant to situations your students will face. Have students consider:

  • the messages they receive about alcohol through the media (advertising, film, social media), and to critically analyse how they affect their choices
  • FASD, its cause, and its effects on children and families
  • the role of alcohol in different cultures and situations
  • the effects of alcohol on their decisions and actions.

Source: Alcohol and other drug education programmes – Guide for schools (opens in a new tab/window)

Education programmes

Education programmes

Alcohol and other drug education programme – Guide for schools supports students to build knowledge and skills to critically analyse messages, and make informed choices to minimise risk factors for causing FASD.

Useful resources

Useful resources

Website

Alcohol.org.nz

Publisher: Health Promotion Agency

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Website

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: Prevention

Publisher: KidsHealth

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Website

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD)

Publisher: Ministry of Health | Manatū Hauora

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Next steps

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