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Symposium for Educators

In March, 2017, the Duke Center for Science Education, Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, and Duke Program for Education presented a symposium for K-8 educators, school psychologists and nurses on understanding and educating children affected by fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs).

This symposium was designed to help educators (e.g., teachers, special education teachers, resource specialists, speech and language specialists, school nurses, and psychologists) better understand the effects of prenatal alcohol on brain development, behavior, and learning. Strategies to help address the behavioral issues and learning disabilities in the K-8 classroom were presented by the experts.

The speakers included:

  • Rochelle D. Schwartz-Bloom, PhD, Professor of Pharmacology & Cancer Biology, Professor of Education, Director, Duke Center for Science Education. Co-author, Understanding FASD
  • Kathleen Mitchell, MHS, Vice President, National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS)
  • Claire Coles, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Director, Maternal Substance Abuse and Child Development Program at Emory University
  • Chandra D. Zieff, MEd, Educational Therapist specializing in learning disabilities, challenges, and behavioral issues. Co-author, Understanding FASD

The symposium was video recorded and can be viewed here:  https://youtu.be/xrmuqveHtxI