Course Highlights

Here are some of the highlights for this course.

  • No application process, no pre-requisites, open to anyone

  • Learn at your own pace using a computer, tablet or smartphone

  • Take up to 90 days to complete the course

  • Receive a certificate of course completion and digital badge for successfully completing the course which can be shared on social media (e.g. LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter), downloaded as a PDF, or even embedded in an email signature

About this Course

In this 7-hour online course, you will learn about the diagnostic categories under the umbrella term Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), explore research related to FASD, and analyze the positives and challenges of the diagnostic and screening process. 

By the end of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Identify and describe the diagnostic categories under the umbrella term of FASD;
  • Describe primary and secondary conditions that are commonly associated with FASD;
  • Describe research as it relates to the screening and diagnosis of FASD;
  • Describe FASD diagnosis in adulthood; and
  • Explore the assessment, diagnostic, and intervention process.


Learners who successfully complete the course will earn a digital badge and certificate of course completion that can be downloaded and shared via social media. 

You will have access to the course for 90 days to work through the content.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the course!

    • Before we begin...

    • Welcome and Course Information

    • Course Navigation

  • 2

    Lesson 1: FASD and Diagnosis in Canada

    • Introduction

    • What is FASD?

    • Facial Features of FASD

    • Facial Features of FASD Continued

    • Diagnosis of FASD

    • Diagnosis of FASD Continued

    • Knowledge Check

    • FASD: A Guideline for Diagnosis Across the Lifespan

    • Knowledge Check

    • Summary

    • Lesson 1 Quiz

    • References

  • 3

    Lesson 2: Primary Conditions, Secondary Conditions, and Brain Domains

    • Introduction

    • Ten Brain Domains of FASD

    • Primary Conditions of FASD

    • Other Primary Conditions of FASD

    • Secondary Conditions of FASD

    • Secondary Conditions of FASD Continued

    • Additional Secondary Conditions

    • Knowledge Check

    • FASD: A Guide to Awareness and Understanding

    • Summary

    • Lesson 2 Quiz

    • References

  • 4

    Lesson 3: Assessment, Diagnosis, and Intervention

    • Introduction

    • Assessment

    • Common Elements of Assessment

    • Formal Assessments

    • Diagnosis

    • Diagnosing FASD (Part 1)

    • Diagnosing FSAD (Part 1) Continued

    • Video

    • Knowledge Check

    • Intervention

    • Diagnosing FASD (Part 2)

    • Summary

    • Lesson 3 Quiz

    • References

  • 5

    Lesson 4: FASD Screening and Diagnostic Research

    • Introduction

    • Required Reading

    • Dr. Astley's Research

    • FAS Facial Photographic Analysis Software

    • Knowledge Check

    • Sample Analysis Report

    • Diagnosis of FASD: Current Practices and Future Considerations

    • The Washington State Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Diagnostic & Prevention Network

    • Summary

    • Lesson 4 Quiz

    • References

  • 6

    Lesson 5: Prevalence

    • Introduction

    • Required Readings

    • Prevalence and Impact of FASD

    • Impact of FASD

    • Impact of FASD Continued

    • Recommended Reading

    • Maternal Alcohol Use

    • Knowledge Check

    • Video

    • Summary

    • Lesson 5 Quiz

    • References

  • 7

    Lesson 6: FASD Diagnosis in Adulthood

    • Introduction

    • Required Reading

    • Implications

    • Implications Continued

    • The Diagnosis of FASD in Adults

    • Supporting Success for Adults with FASD

    • Summary

    • Lesson 6 Quiz

    • References

  • 8

    Next steps

    • You're Almost Done

    • Before you go...

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