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:

9/12/17 Benzonia, MI 1-day training. Please call 231-398-4112 to registered.  Sponsored by Benzie-Manistee County MDHHS, Michigan.

11/3/2017: Baltimore, MD. Details will be posted soon!


Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and the Criminal Justice System: A Review for Caregivers and Professionals, by Jerrod Brown, Ph.D

October 19, 5 -6 pm. EST. Registration includes a link to the recorded webinar. $10/participant



5-part FASD and the Brain-Based Approach webinars for FALL, 2017

FALL EVENING SESSION: 7:00 – 9:30, Eastern time, 

MONDAY evenings on Sept. 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9, and 16

FALL DAYTIME SESSION: 12-2:30 pm, Eastern time, 

FRIDAY mid-days on Sept. 22, 29, Oct. 6, 13, and 20

This webinar series 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.

This webinar is for parents and professionals. Please contact the presenter, Adrienne Bashista, Training Director of FAFASD, if you have any questions:

The webinar will be recorded and recordings distributed to participants, but this is intended to be a LIVE event.

Cost: $55.  A certificate of completion will be issued after the webinar is complete.

REGISTER HERE FOR MONDAY EVENING SESSION, starting at 7 pm, Eastern time

REGISTER HERE FOR FRIDAY DAYTIME SESSION, starting at noon, Eastern time


Our 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 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