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Competency 3: Treatment Strategies for Working with Clients with an FASD

Adolescents

Outpatient counselor and teenage girl

Educational Support (IDEA and FAPE)

The Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) entitles every child to a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment. Counselors in treatment centers need to consult with the client’s school regarding any provisions in his or her individualized education plan (IEP). These provisions need to be followed during treatment to ensure that the client’s educational needs are met.

In the outpatient setting and during aftercare, it is a good idea for the counselor to consult with the school counselor or case manager regarding educational needs. Areas such as social skills may be addressed in the IEP and would be important to address during treatment and as part of aftercare. It also helps to be aware of any academic issues that may affect the client’s treatment, such as stress about academic performance or difficulties with classmates.

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