Curriculum for Addiction Professionals > Competency 3: Treatment Strategies for Working with Clients with an FASD > 6e. Educational Support (IDEA and FAPE)
Competency 3: Treatment Strategies for Working with Clients with an FASD
Educational Support (IDEA and FAPE)
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.