NOFAS Weekly Roundup June 29, 2015

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NEW AT NOFAS   June 29, 2015  
   
Video of NOFAS Honorees

NOFAS honors Cathy Allen and her son Taylor Allen, who lives with FASD, and Jeanne Mahoney of ACOG. The Allens were recognized for their longtime support of NOFAS and the FASD community. NOFAS also honored Jeanne Mahoney, Director, Providers’ Partnership at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). For over a decade, Mahoney has been a leading voice and stalwart advocate for alcohol and pregnancy awareness and FASD prevention. 

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NOFAS Recorded Webinar
The Interface of FASD and Co-Occurring Issues with Daniel Dubovsky

The webinar is presented by Daniel Dubovsky, MSW, LSW, FASD Specialist.

Many individuals with an FASD have co-occurring mental health and other issues.

This presentation identifies mental health issues in individuals with FASD, discusses why those with FASD have to be approached differently in education, treatment, home, and other settings, and examines strategies geared to the recognition of what is causing the behaviors that we see.

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FASD NEWS

 
U.K. Doctors Demand Action
on Drinking in Pregnancy

“Leading doctors speaking at the British Medical Association’s (BMA) Annual Meeting called on the UK’s governments to do much more “to focus leadership and resources to address the consequence of alcohol use in pregnancy causing foetal alcohol syndrome”. They told delegates that advice on how much alcohol it is safe to drink while pregnant is confusing, inconsistent and contradictory."
- OnMedica

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Woman with FASD Lured by Terrorist
Into Joining ISIS

An American woman identified only as Alex lives with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and was lured into joining ISIS by Dr. Faisal Mostafa, a chemist from Britain with ties to terrorism. Alex was offered tickets to travel from her home in rural Washington state to join the Islamic State/ISIS.  Alex is described as emotionally immature and vulnerable.
The Telegraph

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Experts Say Drinking in Pregnancy 'Significant' Cause of Childhood Brain Damage

“One of the UK's leading experts in child health is calling for stronger warnings on alcohol to alert women to the dangers of drinking while pregnant. Sir Al Aynsley-Green said exposure to alcohol before birth was one of the "most significant" causes of childhood brain damage.”
- BBC News

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Dr. Michael Charness Receives Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Contributions to the FASD Field

“Michael Charness, MD, professor of neurology and associate dean of veterans affairs at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM)… has been selected… as the 2015 recipient of the Henry Rosett Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) field.”

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Canadian Government Statement on FASD

This in-depth statement from the Canadian Parliament says, “The Government recognizes that FASD is a serious public health issue affecting thousands of Canadians. Addressing FASD and other mental health disorders and disabilities is a priority for this Government… Prevention efforts are critical, as those who live with FASD without necessary supports may find themselves in conflict with the law and in contact with the criminal justice system as both victims and offenders. Preventing FASD requires a focus on raising awareness about the risks of drinking alcohol during pregnancy and promoting a healthy pregnancy.”

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BBC News Video on Alcohol
Warning for Pregnant Women

“Susannah Mackay, from Dundee, has an adopted son and foster daughter who have both been diagnosed with disorders related to exposure to alcohol while in the womb. Her son was placed with her when he was seven and her daughter when she was six. "My daughter has classic Foetal Alcohol Syndrome - not that it was diagnosed when I took her on," she said.”

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RESEARCH

 
Prenatal Substance Exposure:
What Predicts Behavioral Resilience by Early Adolescence?

This study “examined factors predicting behavioral resilience following intrauterine substance exposure in a prospective longitudinal birth-cohort study of 136 early adolescents (ages 12.4–15.9 years) at risk for poor behavioral outcomes.”
Psychology of Addictive Behaviors
 
The FASD and Homelessness Project: Making Connections for Promising Practice

“The focus of this brief paper is to describe a current research project exploring the lived experiences of individuals with FASD who are supported by the homeless-serving sector in Calgary, Alberta.”
Journal of Substance Abuse & Alcoholism
 
Evaluation of a Program to Raise Awareness of the Harmful Effects
of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure in a Local Community

The aim of this study is “To evaluate a multilevel program to raise awareness of the risks of prenatal exposure to alcohol in the area of Treviso (Italy). The program started in 2008 and consists of an action-research experience involving health professionals of maternal–child services, and in the campaign ‘Mamma Beve Bimbo Beve’, targeted to the childbearing-aged population.”
Alcohol and Alcoholism

 
   

OTHER NEWS   

 
   
Ob-gyns Warn Against Marijuana Use for Pregnant Women

“Although roughly half of female marijuana users continue to use during pregnancy, evidence suggests that the drug may have a negative impact on fetal neurodevelopment. This is why in a Committee Opinion issued today, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) is calling for ob-gyns to urge their patients who are pregnant or contemplating pregnancy to discontinue marijuana use.”
- ACOG
 
Is Special Education Racist?

This article states that “Black children are… three times more likely to suffer from fetal alcohol syndrome” and that new research suggests “that black children are underrepresented in special-education classes when compared with white children with similar levels of academic achievement, behavior and family economic resources.”
– New York Times


 
 

REPLAY   

 
NOFAS Recorded Webinar
The Interface of FASD and Co-Occurring Issues
with Daniel Dubovsky

The webinar is presented by Daniel Dubovsky, MSW, LSW, FASD Specialist.

This presentation identifies mental health issues in individuals with FASD, discusses why those with FASD have to be approached differently in education, treatment, home, and other settings, and examines strategies geared to the recognition of what is causing the behaviors that we see.

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EXPLORE 
 

Webinars

Advancing the Sustainability of
Peer-Run/Recovery Community Organizations

July 22, 2015.
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET.

“Peer-Run Organizations (PROs) and Recovery Community Organizations (RCOs) play vital roles within their communities and America’s rapidly evolving behavioral healthcare system.”

 

 

FASD Events

Here are some upcoming events in the FASD Community: 
 
FETAL ALCOHOL & OTHER NEUROBEHAVIORAL CONDITIONS: Understanding & Application of a Brain-Based Approach 
July 9-11, 2015. Portland, Oregon. “This session provides information about FASD and the effects of alcohol and other drugs on behaviors of children, adolescents and adults."

MILE Instructor Training 
July 23-24, 2015. Atlanta, Georgia. “The Math Interactive Learning Experience (MILE) program is a learning readiness and math intervention program for children with FASD."
 
Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA) National Conference November 5-7, 2015. Washington, DC. “This year's theme is "Integrating Policy and Research into Teaching and Practice." 
 

Call for Presentations: MOFAS FASD Matters Conference 
November 19-20, 2015. Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. MOFAS is looking for presentations.

 

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