Workshops and Training

This workshop has changed the dynamics in our home for the better. I would recommend it to anyone who parents or has contact with a developmentally delayed child, including teachers and grandparents. ~Linda Q, Mom to 3 Special Children
Thank you again for your presentation. I honestly have never enjoyed ANY training as much as your workshop! I appreciated the information that you gave because you gave real examples of why things worked and didn’t work with FASD kids. ~ S.S., mom to a teenager with an FASD

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a brain-based physical disability with behavioral symptoms. The brain-based approach to living with, caring for, and working with individuals and families impacted by FASD acknowledges the source of behaviors: the brain, and provides a set of research-based best practices for helping people with fetal alcohol exposure.

FAFASD is pleased to offer a variety of workshops and trainings focusing on FASD as a neurobehavioral disorder. These trainings explain FASD and help caregivers and professionals working with individuals and families affected by FASD create a plan for success.

The workshops and trainings are based on current research and writings around best practices when parenting, working with, or supporting persons with FASDs, and include many personal anecdotes, stories, and examples of positive change.

If you would like to schedule a workshop or receive a longer description of each workshop or webinar, including goals and objectives, please contact Adrienne Bashista, our trainer, at or (413)570-5966.


Upcoming in-person workshops:

May 2 + 3, Raleigh, NC: FASD and the Brain-Based Approach 2-day workshop. 9-4 each day.

This 2-day training for parents and professionals looks at fetal alcohol spectrum disorders from the brain-based approach. We will cover facts and statistics about FASDs, diagnosis,  its neurobehavioral profile, and will use a research-based model to suggest a parenting, caregiving and professional approach to give individuals with FASDs their best chance at success. Examples, stories, and individual experiences are used throughout the webinar to illustrate the presentation, and participation is encouraged. With special guest: Elizabeth Montgomery Lee, Director, ECU Regional Training Center, Education Specialist, FASDinNC: and Executive Director, Pitt County Coalition on Substance Abuse, and Kathy Hotelling, NCFASD Informed, Inc.

May 2, 9-4

May 3, 9-12

This event will be held in the Opportunity Conference Room, Governor’s Institute, 1121 Situs Court, Suite 325, Raleigh, NC. Participants will be issued a certificate of completion at the end of the training. Please contact the presenter, Adrienne Bashista, Training Director of FAFASD, if you have any questions:

Cost for this training is $75 for the 2 days. Printable flyer.

To register for the May 2-3 Raleigh training, click HERE.

Western Massachusetts workshop, summer, 2018. Date/location coming soon!

Upcoming Webinars: 

Short webinar series:

March 15, 1-3:30 pm ET (rescheduled from March 8): Introduction to FASDs and the Brain-Based Approach

The brain-based approach to understanding FASDs looks at behavioral differences as rooted in the brain differences caused by alcohol exposure in utero. This short webinar will cover how alcohol changes the developing brain, what behavioral changes parents, caregivers, and professionals might see, and will offer suggestions for accommodations that match abilities. Presented by Adrienne Bashista, Executive Director, FAFASD. Certificates of completion will be emailed at end of webinar. Cost : $10.

REGISTER for March 8 webinar HERE.

March 29, 1-2:30 pm, ET: The Many Faces of Grief: Understanding Yourself While Loving Your Child, presented by Sarah Wayland, Ph.D

Coming to terms with the fact that your child has brain differences that will be with them for their entire life can be incredibly difficult. In this presentation, Dr. Wayland will describe the stages of coming to terms with a diagnosis as described in Rita Eichenstein’s book “Not What I Expected”, including what each stage looks and feels like, the purpose it serves, and how to cope when you find yourself in each stage.

Certificates of completion will be emailed at end of webinar. Cost : $10.

Sarah Wayland, Ph.D. is the founder of Guiding Exceptional Parents, a company she created to help parents navigate putting supports in place for kids with challenges. She helps parents in her capacity as a Special Needs Care Navigator, Parenting Coach, and Certified Relationship Development Intervention (RDI) Consultant.

Register for March 29 workshop HERE.


Our FASD and the Brain-Based Approach trainers:

Adrienne BashistaAdrienne Bashista, co-founder of FAFASD and Training Director, is available for workshop presentations on FASD, its impact on families, and best practices for helping children with FASD succeed at home and at school. She has 6 years of training experience and has taught thousands of people about FASDs. She is located in Massachusetts but travels throughout North America to deliver workshops and trainings.

She is a writer, special needs parent advocate, entrepreneur, and teacher. Her youngest son was diagnosed with FASD in 2011 after searching for answers for 6 years.

Click here for her training resume.  For information about her programs or to schedule a workshop, please contact her at

karen andersonKaren Anderson also trains for FAFASD and is on our Board of Directors. She is an educator in FASD and neurobehavioral disorders and received her training through the Great Lakes Regional Training Center, MRFASTC, and, with Diane Malbin. Karen and her husband are long-time foster and adoptive parents with six children, the youngest of whom has Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.  She works with foster and adoptive parents and serves on the board of directors for NOFAS – Missouri and the Missouri State Foster Care Advisory Board. She gives workshops regionally and nationally. Karen can be reached at