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Alcohol Forum Ireland Workshops

Prenatal Alcohol Exposure (PAE) and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Trying Differently Rather Than Harder:


Introductory Workshops for Parents and Caregivers (2.5 hours)


This workshop will provide a brief overview and awareness building about PAE/FASD in the home. Because the structure and function of the brains of those with PAE/FASD are different, the way we support them is different from the way we support a ‘Neurotypical Child’. People with this condition learn and retain information very differently from those in the general population. 


The workshop will include the most common behavioural and cognitive difficulties associated with PAE/FASD and point to some simple adaptions that can be made to routines. The workshop will be suitable as an introduction for those with little or no knowledge of FASD.


This training is supported through the What Works Sharing Knowledge Fund 2022.


Learning outcomes of 2.5 hour training, parents 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 children and parents when these are misunderstood.
  3. Understand some of the underlying biological differences that give rise to the cognitive and sensory issues typical in FASD.
  4. Start to develop an understanding of the principles of how each brain affected by PAE/FASD is different, so that expectations and support can be tailored to suit each family that requires extra help.


Take Home Resources:

Participants will also leave with handouts, links to the most relevant websites and a newly developed tool called “My Kind of Mind, A Guide to Understanding [FASD]” For those that wish, connections will be provided for an active Irish FASD Parent Caregiver support group.



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


This workshop will be delivered on three occasions.  Select the date that suits you best.   


Option 1:

Oct 26th 2022 (10am – 12.30pm)

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Option 2:

Nov 8th 2022 (7:00-9:30pm)

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Option 3:

Nov 16th 2022 (10:00-12:30pm)

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.