FASD and the Role of Early Childhood Educators in the Prevention of FASD

Webinar recording in English for Early Childhood Service Providers: how to raise the topic of alcohol exposure during pregnancy and FASD with parents. (2019)



Develop a basic understanding of FASD including prevalence, diagnosis and FASD-Informed Approaches. Learn about the most effective ways to prevent or reduce the incidence of FASD with parents and the young children they work with, as well as the larger community. Discuss the unique role of ECEs in helping to prevent FASD.

By the end of the webinar, the participants will:

  1. Have a basic understanding of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
  2. Be able to identify some common signs of FASD.
  3. Understand how the incidence of FASD can be reduced.
  4. Will be able to identify strategies to reduce the incidence of FASD with parents, children in their care and the larger community.


Karen Huber, CYC, BA

Karen is the FASD Coordinator at the Developmental Services Resource Centre. She has been supporting children, youth and families in the area of children’s mental health for the past 25 years. For the past ten years she has been working to build supports and understanding for individuals with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. Besides supporting families living with the disability, her experience includes coordinating the Waterloo Region FASD diagnostic clinic, chairing the Waterloo Region FASD Action Group and advocating provincially through FASD ONE for increased identification and support of the disability.


Mary Mueller

Mary has been working in FASD Prevention for over 20 years. She has worked in CPNP/CAPC programs in Waterloo Region and found it rewarding to work with women at risk of substance use in this program and develop skills to make a connection with them. She has also worked with the post-secondary student population and worked with many partners to develop strategies to reduce binge drinking and alcohol/substance exposed pregnancies.
She is the co-lead of the FASD ONE (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Ontario Network of Expertise) Prevention Work Group and has been active in this role for the past 8 years. She is also the co-chair of the Waterloo Region FASD Action Group.
Mary was a public health nurse with the Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services for 31 years and has recently retired to devote more of her energy to the prevention of FASD.
Mary has been the recipient of the Political Action Award with the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario for her work in FASD and the Woman of the Year award in Waterloo Region for her work in FASD and volunteering in her community.