NOFAS Weekly Roundup March 9, 2015

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NOFAS News
NOFAS at 6th International Conference on FASD
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NOFAS has tons of great photos from the 6th International Conference on FASD, which took place in Vancouver, Canada, March 4-7, 2015. NOFAS had an exhibit booth with information and merchandise, and NOFAS Vice-President Kathy Mitchell gave two presentations about an international campaign to prevent FASD.
 
Free NOFAS Webinar: Treating FASD with Nutritional Interventions
March 18, 20152:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST.
This webinar features Jeffrey R. Wozniak, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Minnesota.   Dr. directs the Child and Adolescent Neuropsychology Clinic in the Department of Psychiatry where he sees patients with a variety of neurodevelopmental, neurological, and psychiatric conditions.

NOFAS Affiliate Making Progress Toward Residential Community
FASD Communities, a national nonprofit organization and member of the NOFAS Affiliate Network, has made significant strides in the last year toward its goal of creating vibrant residential communities for young adults living with FASD.
 


Community News
Prospective Adopters Urged to Think of the Child, Not the Disability
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“Fifteen-year-old Dominic Head was born with FASD… according to the British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF), all too often these “problem” children are left behind.  Now BAAF is launching a campaign to get prospective adopters to see the child before the disability… Estimates from BAAF suggest that while 25% of all looked-after children (those in the care system) have some kind of disability or special need.” – The Guardian
 
Runner with FASD Inspires Teens
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“Andrew Peterson visited the Monroe County high school as a spokesperson for Champions Together… Peterson shared his moving story of how he went from a baby born with brain damage and a diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) to becoming a three-time gold medalist in the Special Olympics. –Indianapolis Recorder
 
Mother of Girl with FASD Calls on U.K. Government to
Adopt Consistent Guidelines on Alcohol and Pregnancy

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Linda Venus, who has a daughter with FASD, is supporting calls… for consistent Government guidelines urging women to avoid drinking alcohol altogether when pregnant.” – The Northern Echo
 


Research
Study on Computerized Screening and Brief Intervention (SBI) for Alcohol Use in Pregnancy
This study “evaluated the feasibility, acceptability and validity of a new self-administered, single-session, bilingual, computerized Screening and Brief Intervention (SBI) program for alcohol and sugar sweetened beverage (SSB) use in pregnancy.” – Bio Med Central
 
South African Study Finds 6-11% of Children Have Full Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
The Foundation for Alcohol-Related Research (FARR) conducted a study finding that in certain regions of South Africa, 6-11% of the children tested had full fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). “According to the World Health Organization, South Africa, and particularly Western Cape, has the highest rates of FASD in the world.”


 
Policy News
Is Fetal Alcohol Syndrome a Valid Criminal Defense?
This article states, “Defendants with FASD have used their conditions to argue for more lenient sentences… Recent high-profile trials have pushed the fetal alcohol syndrome defense to the forefront.” -Healthline
 
Canadian MP Says FASD Challenges Go Beyond Health Care System
“The challenges faced by families and communities dealing with individuals affected by FASD mean that the implications extend well beyond the limits of health services and budgets, according to [Canadian], MP Carol Hughes.” – Ontario News North
 


Public Health
Pediatrician States That Alcohol is Worse than Heroin for Pregnancy
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British Pediatrician Mary Mather states that alcohol is more damaging than heroin to pregnant women in the ITV show “When Pregnant Women Drink.” – Daily Mail
 
Experts Spread Message About ‘Preventable Birth Defects’ On First-Ever World Birth Defects Day This press release from MotherToBaby and The Teratology Society emphasizes the importance of avoiding alcohol during pregnancy and quotes from Dr. Kenneth Lyons Jones.  MotherToBaby also shared three tips to prevent birth defects, one of which is to avoid alcohol.
 
American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) Webpage on Alcohol and Pregnancy
ACNM collaborated with the CDC to create this new webpage with information on the risks of drinking alcohol during pregnancy and tips on how to avoid alcohol use.  ACNM also developed this fact sheet on alcohol and pregnancy.
 
About Screening and Modifications to Treatment (SMT): Interview with Dan Dubovsky
“FASD Specialist Dan Dubovsky, M.S.W. discusses Screening and Modifications to Treatment (SMT) in an interview with SAMHSA’s FASD Center for Excellence. Learn more about this approach which aims to identify adults with a possible FASD who are in treatment settings in order to improve treatment outcomes.”
 
Pregnancy Test Dispensers to be Installed in Restrooms
“Pregnancy tests will soon be available in two women's washrooms in Whitehorse [Canada] as part of a study on reducing FASD, says Mike McCann, the outgoing executive director of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Society Yukon.” – CBC News
 


Webinars
Free NOFAS Webinar: Treating FASD with Nutritional Interventions
March 18, 20152:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST.
This webinar features Jeffrey R. Wozniak, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Minnesota.   Dr. directs the Child and Adolescent Neuropsychology Clinic in the Department of Psychiatry where he sees patients with a variety of neurodevelopmental, neurological, and psychiatric conditions.
 
MOFAS: Create Calm! Without the Storm March 19, 201512:00 PM – 1:15 PM CST. MOFAS is “offering a FREE webinar designed for caregivers! This presentation will discuss the number one reason for intense behavior in children and how to create calm, the top 3 landmines that trigger yelling and defiance, and how to make your home an enjoyable space. Presenter: Samantha Moe, M.A. SLP is a Certified Parent Coach and Innovator of Mad to Glad BlueprintTM.”
 


Events 
NOFAS-UK Accredited Training Day for Health Professionals March 10, 2015. London, England. “As a health professional, what do you tell a pregnant woman about alcohol?  How might alcohol affect the baby? When is it safe to drink? Is it safe to drink at all? What is the best way to discuss alcohol with a pregnant woman? Get the answers at an RCM CPD accredited training day. Doctors, Midwives, and mothers of children with alcohol related disabilities will present the evidence.”
 
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.