• Submitted By: ajmack6
  • Date Submitted: 02/25/2009 10:31 PM
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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder


This paper focuses on the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, I look at what causes the disorder and physical and mental traits of one who has the disorder. I also take a look into a couple programs that have been successful with the different techniques used to adhere to the disorder. Both of these programs work specifically with First Nations people so culture plays a huge part in the growth of a person who suffers from the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

In my research I looked at the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. I looked into what causes the disorder, the different traits and features of the disorder, the different levels of the disorder. Prenatal drinking has a very detrimental effect on unborn children that cause a major impairment for the child’s life, this cannot be out grown or treated in anyway, all you can do is learn techniques to help deal with the disorder. This is a “never ending” process and is different for every single person that is effected by the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. One of the major factors on why so many of our First Nations youth suffer from this disorder is an ongoing effect stemming from First Nations peoples being forced to go to Residential Schools. The mental and physical abuse suffered in these Residential Schools have led to a high number of alcohol and drug related abuse in every community. I spent a lot of my research focusing on the different programs there is out there for people that have Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. In particular, I looked at the West Coast Alternate Program. This program has been proven to be very effective and is the first and only of its kind in secondary schools. The percentage of First Nations in the program is very high, mainly because the parents of the First Nations students are ready to address the situation and will admit to drinking when pregnant. There are very few students that are not of First Nations...