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The Invisible Learning Disability: Educational Implications of Prenatal Substance Exposure & Trauma in Children

Children prenatally exposed to alcohol and illicit drugs and who suffer trauma in early childhood represent a growing number of students requiring specialized educational approaches and interventions.  NTI Upstream is pleased to announce a new 7-hour training program, The Invisible Learning Disability: Educational Implications of Prenatal Substance Exposure & Trauma in Children.  This program is designed to reach across multiple fields, integrating evidence-based knowledge about fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), prenatal drug exposure, early trauma, child development, mental health, and education.  In this way, the trainers are able to address both academic and behavioral implications for children prenatally exposed to alcohol and illicit drugs.  Most importantly, the program presents evidence-based strategies that early childhood, elementary, and high school teachers can use to adapt their instruction to address the deficits most commonly found in children with prenatal substance exposure and early trauma: executive functioning difficulties, poor working memory, poor rehearsal strategies, inability to change response set, difficulties with self-monitoring behavior, and poor adaptive behaviors.

Ira Chasnoff and Ron Powell

The training program is conducted by Ira J. Chasnoff, MD, President of NTI Upstream, and Ron Powell, PhD, the former Chief Executive Officer of the Desert/Mountain Special Education Local Plan Area, the Desert/Mountain Charter SELPA, and the Desert/Mountain Children’s Center.  Dr. Chasnoff’s and Dr. Powell’s presentations are integrated so that teaching strategies are based on what is known about the impact of prenatal substance exposure on the developing fetal brain, especially when a child’s early trauma complicates learning even further.