Fetal Alcohol & Other Neurobehavioral Conditions: Understanding & Application of a Brain-Based Approach
FASCETS is presenting a three-day workshop for parents and professionals June 23-25, 2016 in Portland, Oregon.
A message from Canada's Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Gregory Taylor, hopes to raise awareness and stimulate frank conversations about how society deals with this mind-altering drug.
Registration is now open for The 7th National Biennial Conference on Adolescents and Adults with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) - Wednesday, April 6 - 9, Vancouver, B.C.
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) issued a public release, January 5, 2016 stating that in a recent study undertaken by CAMH researchers they "identified 428 distinct disease conditions that co-occur in people with Fetal Alcohol Specturm Disorder (FASD)". The 428 identified conditions affected "nearly every system of the body, including the central nervous system (brain), vision, hearing, cardiac, circulation, digestion, and musculoskeletal and respiratory systems, among others".
Dr. Lana Popova stated that, "It is important that the public receive a consistent and clear message - if you want to have a healthy child, stay way from alcohol when you're planning a pregnancy and throughout your whole pregnancy."
Ottawa, December 14, 2015 — Diagnosing fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is important to help children and adults, and their families, who have the disorder. A new Canadian guideline published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) http://www.cmaj.ca/lookup/doi/10.1503/cmaj.141593, provides recommendations for diagnosing FASD, specifically for multidisciplinary diagnostic teams.
FASD is a neurodevelopmental disorder resulting from prenatal alcohol exposure. Individuals with FASD can experience complex behavioural and intellectual problems that persist throughout the lifespan and can become increasingly complicated if unsupported. The need for early and accurate diagnosis is critical for improving outcomes and quality of life.
It is estimated that 1 in 100 people have FASD, translating to more than 330 000 affected individuals in Canada. Since the publication of the last Canadian guideline in 2005, research in this area has evolved. The new guideline incorporates updated evidence for detecting and diagnosing FASD across the lifespan.
“These new recommendations, based on the latest evidence for diagnosing FASD, will improve how we diagnose the disorder and help individuals and their families,” states Dr. Jocelynn Cook, Canada Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Research Network and the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada.
The guideline is aimed at health care providers with specialized training and experience in FASD who are part of multidisciplinary diagnostic teams. Family physicians may find the guideline useful, but the diagnosis must be made with input from other experienced health care professionals.
“The Canada Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Research Network (CanFASD) played a leadership role in supporting the development of the new Diagnostic Guidelines with funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada. We will continue to support and facilitate research and knowledge exchange on this important initiative,” states Audrey McFarlane, Interim Executive Director of CanFASD.
Key recommendations for diagnosis of FASD:
• Counseling women and their partners about abstinence from alcohol during pregnancy or when planning a pregnancy
• Screening of all pregnant women and new mothers for alcohol use by trained professionals using tested tools
• Referring individuals for possible diagnosis if there is evidence of prenatal exposure to alcohol at levels associated with adverse brain function Conducting complete social and medical histories of patients suspected of having FASD
Other recommendations address the sentinel facial features associated with exposure to alcohol during pregnancy, the complex brain injury and differential diagnoses. The guideline includes an algorithm — a decision-making tool — to help multidisciplinary teams diagnose the disorder based on the recommendations.
“Just as diagnosing FASD is important, so too is ensuring the patient and their caregivers receive the support they need to obtain necessary services that may improve quality of life,” states Dr. Cook. “They will need specialized support from a team of experts such as child development specialists, occupational therapists, speech-language therapists, psychologists and specialized physician supports, depending on their ages.”
POPFASD is now offering flexible workshops delivered via webcasting technology to any BC school district and/or individual school.
For more information, visit www.fasdoutreach.ca/fasdcasts
Hidden Harm is a powerful documentary that profiles several Australian families and their experiences with FASD.
Join us for this free, one-hour webcast titled: FASD and Homelessness
Individuals with FASD may be vulnerable to homelessness, and homeless individuals with FASD may be extremely vulnerable.
Tune in to hear about current research and best practices around the subject of FASD and Homelessness. You will also be able to pose your questions to the presenter via our live chat.
Date: Friday December 4, 2015
Time: 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Speaker: Dr. Dorothy Badry, PhD, RSW
Cost: FREE! Please share with your networks
Format: Live webcast presentations with Q & A
Q & A: You can pose questions to the speaker through live chat
Dorothy Badry, PhD, RSW, is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Social Work (FSW), University of Calgary (U of C). As the co-lead of the Education and Training Council of the Alberta FASD Cross Ministry, Dorothy is actively engaged in developing educational opportunities from the front line to post-secondary education on FASD. Dorothy is a member of the Canada FASD Research Network Action Team on Women’s Health. She also developed and teaches an online course on FASD and Child Welfare Practice to social work students each summer.
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