The FASD Wheel

Published 3/23/2011
By: Sandy Hruby

Did you ever need a visual to help other understand your child?  Well here is the tool.  Michael Harris developed what he refers to as the FASD Wheel.

Think of it as a tire on your car, for most of us our tire is filled completely and it runs down the road of our daily life smoothly.  Now take the 10 Brain Domains (described in the image and link below) – including observations, test scores, academic skills, etc. and complete the wheel for your child.  Now you can visually see and be able to share with others where your child’s strengths and weaknesses are and what areas you need to focus on.

Michael Harris has also created many podcasts on FASD and the Brain Domains – all you have to do is google his name.  Michael L. Harris, M.A., L.P. is a Licensed Psychologist since 1997 and working with high-risk children and families since 1993, Michael Harris is currently director of mental and chemical health services at the Indian Health Board of Minneapolis (IHB), a non-profit community healthcare center, serving the urban American Indian community and people of all races in the Twin Cities.

Over the years, Harris has developed expertise in not only Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), but also foster care and adoption, trauma and abuse, childhood disruptive behaviors, and childhood attachment problems. He is a Certified EMDR Therapist and working currently training in Somatic Experiencing®.  Harris has treated families affected by FASD since 1995, co-developed the FASD Evaluation Clinic at IHB in 1998, and served on three task forces/committees studying FASD. He trains professionals and laypersons in the United States and in Canada and also provides consultation to emerging and established professionals regarding treatment of clients with FASD in the Twin Cities.

View the presentation here –
The FASD Wheel™: A New Model for Achieving Consistent and Creative Interventions that Work

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