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 .


Yukon leads the country with the start of FASD prevalence study

A partnership between BC Children's Hospital, UBC and the Department of Justice has begun a study looking at the prevalence of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in individuals who have been incarcerated or who are on probation in the Yukon.

In order to gain an accurate idea of the prevalence of FASD, 150 volunteers (aged 18-40 and with or without FASD) will participate in the research.  The findings from this study will provide the Yukon government with information that will help to improve sevices and outcomes for adults with FASD who are involved in the justice system.  The results will also provide an important resource for all Canadians.

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New Brunswick - Victorian Order of Nurses selected to operate fetal alcohol spectrum disorder centre of excellence

In an annoucement published by the Health News Network, the New Brunswick provincial government will be partnering with the Victoria Order of Nurses in order to coordinate privicnial services related to FASD. 

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GUIDE: FASD Informed Practice for Community Based Programs (CNC)

This guide from the College of New Caledonia is designed to assist programs in providing FASD-informed services and supports. The approaches discussed were developed from evidence-based research and from the practical experience of individuals working with women and their families who may be living with FASD.

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Criminal Code must recognize FASD: Yukon MP

A recent CBC news article highlights the work of Yukon MP, Ryan Leef, who recently introduced a private member's bill asking for amendments to the Criminal Code by defining FASD and considering it as a mitigating factor in sentencing.  Click here to view this article.

Yukon MP Ryan Leef says people with FASD face inequities in all levels of the justice system. (CBC)

Middle-class women are ignoring the rules about drinking during pregnancy, study finds

An article by Melissa Breyer highlights a study by British researchers that found more that 50 percent of women in the white-affluent-educated socioeconomic class drank an average of 4 units of alcohol per week during their first trimester.  The research was published online in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health and the researchers suggest that their findings reinforce the need for endorsing an 'abstinence only' message for women who are pregnant or planning to conceive.

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Study of the effectiveness of a Pro-D program on the academic achievement and classroom behavior of students with FASD

A recently published study in the International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research observed a statistically significant improvement in intervention students’ classroom behavior. An improvement of moderate effect size was seen for academic achievement, although the changes were not statistically significant. Teachers reported that the professional development program changed their teaching practice. Intervention teachers described how they redefined students’ behaviors and adapted their teaching practice to accommodate students’ neurological deficits.

The results provide preliminary support for the effectiveness of the professional development program for elementary school teachers teaching students with FASD. 

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Forensic Assessment and Treatment: FASD Learning Series

This webcast hosted by the Alberta Government highlights Dr. Vinesh Gupta, Section Chief, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Alberta Health Services

Learning Objectives: - Understand the concept of NCR (Not Criminally Responsible) - The applicability of NCR defense for clients with FASD.

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