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An invisible disability is still a disability: don’t ignore it

The UK has one of the highest Foetal Alcohol Syndrome birth rates in the world, writes Margaret Mulholland, yet it is still difficult to detect before school age. But this doesn’t mean that there is nothing teachers can do to help

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Must try harder. Doesn’t follow directions. Loses interest. Needs constant support.

According to parents, these phrases are common feedback to learners with Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS).

A recent report in The Lancet stresses that that these gaps are not set in stone, and it says that there is growing evidence about what can help – early intervention.

It’s a tough one to write about. We have a Hogarthian image bias to thinking this only affects children from extreme circumstances, a world of drug addiction and poverty. Such stigma is perhaps why FAS is more commonly acknowledged with young ...

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