Untangling Anxiety: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) 7th Annual Fall FASD Conference

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Ontario FASD diagnostic services can't meet the demand

It took Helen Hoy nine years to convince medical specialists that her daughter had FASD. (Melanie Ferrier/CBC)


In a September 23, 2014 CBC news article, Melanie Ferrier reports that there is a lack of diagnostic services in Ontario that is putting FASD assessments on hold.  The province offers only 9 locations where a person can receive an FASD diagnosis funded by the government.

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Profile of Special Olympics Gold Medalist with FASD

“After competing in the National Special Olympics in Princeton, N.J., gymnast Nicole Clapper came home with four gold medals and one silver medal… Clapper was born with fetal alcohol syndrome, which limits growth and can cause learning disabilities, nervous system impairments, and a slew of challenging defects and changes in the body’s development. She has been raised by her grandmother Lani Seifert since she was an infant.” – Oneida Daily Dispatch

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Effects of moderate prenatal ethanol exposure & age on social behavior, spatial response perseveration errors and motor behavior

This study in the journal Behavioural Brain Research looks at the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on social behavior, spatial response perseveration errors and motor behavior.

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The Consensus Development Conference on Improving Mental Health Transitions

The Consensus Development Conference on Improving Mental Health Transitions will be held from November 4 - 6, 2014, in Edmonton, Alberta.  This conference has been accredited by

Prenatal alcohol exposure tied to balance, coordination problems

Andrew M. Seaman of Reuters has reported that according to a study published in the online journal of "Pediatrics", children who have a diagnosis of a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder are at a higher risk of gross motor skill impairments.  More specifically, it pointed to challenges with balance and coordination.

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Evaluation of a Three-Year Youth Outreach Program for Aboriginal Youth with Suspected Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

An article recently published in the International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research discusses a three-year intensive outreach and support program implemented in rural BC that was intended for at-risk Aboriginal youth (ages 13-18). 

Examination of the data revealed that the Youth Outreach Program or YOP supported positive outcomes for the youth in a number of areas including safety, school attendance and substance use.

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The Value of a FASD Diagnosis

A study published this year by Susan J. Astley asks the question, "Do patients report an FASD diagnostic evaluation affords them access to interventions that meet their needs?".  Using 20 years of follow-up surveys from 622 patients who have received a diagnosis from the Universtiy of Washington using the 4-Digit code, the study found that 99% expressed high satisfaction in the FASD diagnostic process and outcome.  Results from the study confirm that an interdisciplinary diagnosis results in substantial access to interventions that helps to meet the needs for those with a diagnosis under the FASD umbrella.  To read this study, go to .


NIAAA’s Warren Receives Lifetime Achievement Award


Dr. Kenneth R. Warren has been honoured by the Research Society on Alcoholism with the RSA Lifetime Achievement Award.  The award recognizes a person with a long, balanced career whose contributions to alcohol research, training, service and advocacy have had a lasting impact on the field.  To read more, go to .