NOFAS Weekly Roundup March 30, 2015

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NOFAS News

NOFAS Free Webinar:
When Someone with an FASD is Arrested: What You Need to Know

April 15, 2015. 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST.
This webinar will be presented by Dr. Paul Connor. Though not everyone with an FASD gets in trouble with the law, research shows that these incidents occur far too frequently. This webinar will discuss research on how commonly troubles with the law occurs for people with FASD, and how many of the cognitive difficulties that occur in FASD can lead to problems when interacting with police, attorneys, and judges.

Order NOFAS DVD: 8 Magic Keys: Strategies for Students with FASD
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This is a 21-minute animated video, produced by the Anchorage, Alaska School District, that demonstrates key strategies proven to help students who experience brain-based disorders become more successful in school and in life. Scenarios depicted in this video represent both secondary and elementary situations.
 


FASD News

Judge Voids Death Sentence for Man with FASD
A Pennsylvania man “has an intellectual disability that makes him ineligible for the death penalty, a judge said Wednesday in throwing out the sentence… A doctor testified that [Mark Duane] Edwards' mother said she drank alcohol for two months before realizing she was pregnant and that Edwards' small stature, facial anomalies and mental impairment led him to diagnose fetal alcohol syndrome.” – New York Times
 
Prisons Falling Behind in Treating FASD in Canada
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“Prisons are doing a poor job of treating inmates afflicted with FASD, Correctional Investigator Howard Sapers told a justice and human rights committee [in Canada]… Sapers delivered his testimony in the context of the committee’s study of Bill C-538, An Act to amend the Criminal Code… The intention of the bill… was to give judges the ability to consider FASD as a mitigating factor in sentencing. - iPolitics
 
Pregnancy Test Dispensers in Canadian Restrooms
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“A project to install pregnancy test dispensers in two women's washrooms has special significance for at least one Yukon [Canada] mother.  Jessica Fulmer has Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and became pregnant herself as a 19-year-old student… Fulmer says offering a discreet vending machine in the women's washroom will help women on campus learn they are pregnant earlier. She hopes this small change could help to prevent FASD and refer women to available support.” – CBC News
 
Police Training on FASD
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“MOFAS has been working with several police departments [in Minnesota], including St. Paul and Brooklyn Center, to provide training on FASD for all their cadets and officers. Seven more police departments are scheduled to receive training in the near future. MOFAS is also working on proposed legislation that encourages School Districts to also implement crisis intervention teams to better address situations with students with an FASD.” – Star Tribune
 
Mental Health Initiative Offers Help to Children with FASD
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“Malachi was born in 2004 with fetal alcohol syndrome… He wasn't getting the services he so desperately needed and acted out to the point that [his parents] the Coles were afraid of him. In 2013, the Coles were frustrated and didn't know what to do. They joined the Children's Mental Health Initiative, a joint effort among state and local agencies. Today, Malachi is making progress. He's learning coping skills and getting a host of services that seem to be making a difference.” – Daily Herald
 


Research

JAMA's "News from the CDC" on FAS Surveillance
This article titled “Missed Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Cases” appeared in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) section on “News from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention” March 24/31, 2015. The summary is based on the January 30 CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Among Children Aged 7-9 Years – Arizona, Colorado, and New York, 2010, which described findings on prevalence of fetal alcohol syndrome in three sites through the CDC-funded Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Surveillance Network II.
 
Misdiagnosis of FASD in Children Presenting
with Developmental and Behavioral Problems

“In a small study, more than 80% of general pediatricians did not identify fetal alcohol syndrome… A survey of general pediatricians in Connecticut presented case descriptions and photos of 4-year-old boys with fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), alcohol-related neurodevelopmental disorder (ARND), and Williams syndrome (WS) who presented with developmental and behavioral problems.” – NEJM JournalWatch
 
Embryonic Alcohol Exposure Impairs the Dopaminergic System
and Social Behavioral Responses in Adult Zebrafish

This research article states the conclusion, “We speculate that one of the mechanisms that may explain the embryonic alcohol-induced impaired shoaling response in zebrafish is dysfunction of reward mechanisms subserved by the dopaminergic system.” - International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology
 


Training

Victim Assistance Training Online
This is “a Web-based basic victim advocacy training program that offers victim service providers and allied professionals the opportunity to acquire the basic skills and knowledge they need to better assist victims of crime, including those with disabilities.”
 


Webinars

Women Connected: Families and Relationships in Women’s Substance Use and Recovery
April 9, 20153:00 PM – 4:30 PM ET.
“This webinar offers service providers specific strategies to address women’s need for connection with others especially children and family. Participants will gain knowledge and resources that can help engage women in substance use treatment and recovery, including an array of family-based interventions.”
 
NOFAS Free Webinar:
When Someone with an FASD is Arrested: What You Need to Know

April 15, 2015. 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST. 
​This webinar will be presented by Dr. Paul Connor. Though not everyone with an FASD gets in trouble with the law, research shows that these incidents occur far too frequently. This webinar will discuss research on how commonly troubles with the law occurs for people with FASD, and how many of the cognitive difficulties that occur in FASD can lead to problems when interacting with police, attorneys, and judges.

 
Free MOFAS Webinar: Supporting Individuals with an FASD Across the Life Span
April 17, 201512 Noon– 1:30 PM Central Time.
Join us for an informative webinar presented by Dr. Kathy Hotelling.  This informational webinar will explain the common limitations of traditional supports as well as methods to “think outside the box”.  Kathy’s mix of personal experience and professional expertise provides a great resource for professionals and caregivers. Register today, space is limited.  Contact ruth@mofas.org with any questions.
 


Events 

Ounce of Prevention Conference April 7, 2015. Worcester, Massachusetts. “This event is sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.”
 
Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) for alcohol and other drug use: An Interprofessional Conference June 9-10, 2015. Pittsburgh, PA. “Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is a public health and evidence-based practice used to identify, reduce, and prevent problematic use, abuse, and dependence on alcohol and illicit drugs… The target audience for this conference are health professionals – nurses, nurse practitioners, doctors, pharmacists, dentists, dental hygienists, behavioral health counselors, social workers, and public health workers.”
 
Call for Presentations: MOFAS FASD Matters Conference November 19-20, 2015. Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. MOFAS is looking for presentations that: provide new information, ideas and solutions for families, agencies, and systems to implement, share innovative strategies, tools, and best practices, increase the knowledge, skills, and abilities of those living and/or working with someone with an FASD.