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Fetal Alcohol and the Law - Part 1

 

This short animated film gives a quick yet thorough introduction to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and the Law.

Fetal Alcohol and the Law - Part 2

 

This is the second of two short animated films related to FASD and the Law.  It looks at how people with FASD run into problems with the law.

Moderate weekly alcohol intake linked to poorer sperm quality in healthy young men

Is alcohol compromising male fertility? Photo courtesy of Shutterstock

A recent study published in the British Medical Journal indicates that poorer sperm quality in healthy young men is linked to drinking.  There are effects noted with a few as 5 drinks per week and the impact worsens as drinking increases.

Dog Treat Company Supports People with FASD

Melissa Clark was one of the first people in her state to receive a diagnosis of FASD but after high school, she struggled to hold a regular 9 to 5 job.  The answer for her was to create her own business; Lissie's Luv Yums is an organic dog treat company.  Her sister helps to manage the business which currently donates a part of their profits to the construction and opening of an FASD home.

To read more of this KRTV News article, go to www.krtv.com/news/great-falls-dog-treat-company-is-more-than-meets-the-eye/ .

To visit the website for Lissie's Luv Yums, go to www.lissiesluvyums.com/About_Us.html .

New FASD program builds bridges between children and police

"Boys Unplugged" is a new recreational program in the region of Waterloo, Ontario, aimed at helping to increase understanding between police officers and boys with FASD.  In the program, police officers are paired youth and then together they carry out various activities like building race cars out of cardboard and participating in scavenger hunts.

To read the CBC news article highlighting this program, go to http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/new-fasd-program-builds... .

 

Red wine is NOT good for pregnant woman, according to new study

Although the healthy benefits of drinking red wine have been publicized in the news, recent research is suggesting otherwise.  In a study published in the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Journal, the compound resveratrol (found in some fruits, chocolate, nuts and red wine) may lead to developmental abnormalities in the fetal pancreas.

To read more on this subject, go to http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/514778/pregnant-women-avoid-red-wine-ac... .

Mental illness best detected early in schools, doctors say

In this CBC news article, the important role of schools in reaching children and youth with mental illnesses is highlighted.  It is possible that recognition of mental illness by teachers would be a low-cost and effective way to intervene early.  Researchers suggest a multilayered approach with possibilities from universal screening to targeted programs.

To read this article, go to http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/mental-illness-best-detected-early-in-scho...

 

 

Strengthening the Parent-Child Attachment Relationship in Children & Parents Affected by FASD:Red Flags and Practical Strategies

The FASD Learning Series helps individuals with FASD and their caregivers to learn more about FASD and how to support a person with FASD.  The webcast and videoconference educational sessions cover a broad range of topics that target both urban and rural audiences. 

Please visit http://fasd.alberta.ca/fasd-learning-series.aspx and go to “Current Year” to register and “Search Previous Sessions” for archived sessions.

Caribbean Quest - a program designed to target children's attention and working memory functioning

Caribbean Quest is an intervention developed at UVIC in conjunction with graduate students in the fields of Computer Sciences and Neuropsychology at UVic and Dr. Kim Kerns.  It is a computerized intervention designed to target and strengthen skills of attention and working memory through massed practice.  It has been piloted in schools in Sooke, Port Hardy, Saanich and Edmonton.  To read a CANFASD interview with one of the creators of Caribbean Quest, click here.

"Strongest Families FASD Research Program" is now recruiting participants

Researchers are currently looking for families who have children aged 4-12 years, living in Canada, and have a FASD diagnosis to take part in this study.

Sue Kobus, recruitment coordinator of the study, writes:

“Strongest Families has developed programs to help parents with their children’s behaviour problems. Strongest Families Programs are done on-line with weekly telephone calls from a personal Coach. The Coach provides support to families, answers questions and guides parents as they learn skills. Families do not have to travel to a centre to get help.”