Lego Therapy for FASD

Chris Parlee has twin boys with FASD enrolled in the Lego-Social Skills Group in St. Albert, Canada.  “Parlee says her sons don’t follow rules well, and she was looking for a therapy program for them that wasn’t too structured, but just structured enough that they could learn basic social skills like sharing.  “They need to have slower-paced, simple instruction,” Parlee explained. “The Lego gives them that.” – Global News

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Dr. Edward P. Riley - The CIFASD: From the Lab to Changing Lives (NOFASD Webinar)

Dr. Edward P. Riley - The CIFASD: From the Lab to Changing LivesThe NOFAS Webinar Series features renowned FASD scientist Edward P. Riley of San Diego State University presenting an overview of the Collaborative Initiative on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (CIFASD).

December 18, 2013. 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST.

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Over 100 Holiday Tips to Help Atypical Children

The holidays can be a stressful time for those who are more successful in a structured environment.  To help you out, 'Toolbox Parent' and 'Better Endings' are offering a free download filled with over 100 ideas to help people with FASD and their families to have a wonderful holiday season.  For your free download, click here.

Prenatal Alcohol Exposure Disrupts Brain Circuitry

Prenatal exposure to alcohol severely disrupts major features of brain development that potentially lead to increased anxiety and poor motor function, conditions typical in humans with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), according to neuroscientists at the University of California, Riverside.

Study reviews research into beneficial effects of choline supplementation

A recently published study in The International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research looks at research that indicates choline supplementation (either prenatally or postnatally) attenuates several behavioral effects associated with prenatal or neonatal ethanol exposure. 

One conclusion it reaches is that while abstaining from alcohol consumption is obviously the best preventive measure for FASD and FAS, it is recognized that therapeutic approaches would be valuable. The observations that choline, which is easily available and safe, can ameliorate some developmental neurotoxic effects of ethanol, in particular hippocampus-mediated behaviors, make this compound an ideal candidate for such endeavors.

Exploring the Prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in the Northwest Territories of Canada: Brightening our home fires

A study exploring the prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder from a woman's health perspective was recently published in The International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research.  Recognizing that research on the prevention of FASD is a sensitive topic due to stigma associated with alcohol use during pregnancy, women’s health and FASD prevention were identified as the focus of the research, as they are deeply intertwined topics.

The research took place in Yellowknife, NT and was focused on eight women living in a homeless centre.  The participation action research project utilized Photovoice as a primary methodology to approach the topic of FASD prevention in the Northwest Territories  from a women's health lens.

New process to simplify youth disability assistance in BC

There is a new simplified application process for young people with developmental disabilities who are applying for Persons with Disabilities (PWD) assistance, introduced recently.

Youth and their families can now use an existing assessment by a registered psychologist or certified school psychologist. and they can apply online.  For more information, watch this video!

Prenatal alcohol exposure and offspring cognition and school performance. A ‘Mendelian randomization’ natural experiment

Background There is substantial debate as to whether moderate alcohol use during pregnancy could have subtle but important effects on offspring, by impairing later cognitive function and thus school performance. The authors aimed to investigate the unconfounded effect of moderately increased prenatal alcohol exposure on cognitive/educational performance.

Conclusions Better offspring cognitive/educational outcomes observed in association with prenatal alcohol exposure presumably reflected residual confounding by factors associated with social position and maternal education. The unconfounded Mendelian randomization estimates suggest a small but potentially important detrimental effect of small increases in prenatal alcohol exposure, at least on educational outcomes.

Jasmine Suarez-O'Connor on living with FASD