NOFAS Weekly Roundup March 23, 2015

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Order NOFAS DVD: 8 Magic Keys: Strategies for Students with FASD
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.
Video of NOFAS Webinar: Treating FASD with Nutritional Interventions
This recorded webinar features Jeffrey R. Wozniak, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Minnesota.   Dr. Wozniak presented background information on brain imaging studies (his own and others) examining the impact of prenatal alcohol use on child brain development.

Community News
Mom Pushing Arkansas Lawmakers for Fetal Alcohol Warning Signs
“A mom is asking lawmakers to make sure a new Alcohol and Pregnancy Awareness Act becomes law. This bill would require businesses that sell alcoholic beverages that are consumed on site to display a pregnancy warning sign… the Arkansas Hospitality Association is against this.” – KATV News
News Report on FASD Sparks Controversy in South Africa
A South African newspaper report about fetal alcohol syndrome “has set off a divisive debate about media and politics in post-apartheid South Africa… the head of the country's main opposition party questioned whether the article is accurate, saying there is "no clear time frame and scant details" – Fox News
Student with FASD Tells Her Adoption Story
“Brooklyn Becker as an infant was diagnosed with failure to thrive meaning – she wouldn't bond or eat and suffered from fetal alcohol syndrome, but the outlook changed when she came home with [her adoptive mother] Joanna… "To be taken into someone's family and having them want to keep you it's a really really good feeling," said Becker.” – NTV ABC
Michael's Story of Living with FASD
“Micheal Oswald… is a Special Olympics athlete, author, columnist and now a storyteller.  Born a Fetal Alcohol Syndrome baby, he coped with problems of memory and coordination, among other issues. After being placed in foster homes in Ontario, he was befriended by a special needs teacher, Helen Halett. When she asked to foster him, he whooped with joy.” – Coast Reporter

Public Health
New Mexico Students Educate Public About Risks Of Alcohol While Pregnant
“Students in a New Mexico State University Public Health Sciences Class have launched a campaign to spread awareness about the risks that are involved with drinking alcohol while pregnant. It’s called, “Sober Choices, Healthy Babies.” – KRWG News
Healthy Mom & Baby: Alcohol Use During Pregnancy
Catherine Ruhl, CNM, MS wrote this article for The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, or AWHONN’s hard copy and online magazine, Healthy Mom & Baby, on alcohol use during pregnancy. Cathy is director of Women’s Health at AWHONN and a certified nurse midwife. View the article in context on page 42.
Flavored Alcohol May Increase Risk of Binge Drinking
“Super-sized flavored alcoholic beverages can increase the risk of binge drinking and alcohol-related injuries for underage drinkers, researchers from Johns Hopkins University and Boston University found in a study.” – Daily Free Press

NIH Holds Competition to Create Better Wearable Alcohol Biosensor
“In the search for a wearable or otherwise discreet device capable of measuring blood alcohol levels in real time, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) has issued the Wearable Alcohol Biosensor Challenge. The wearable biosensor will aid researchers, clinicians, therapists and individuals by providing more accurate data on how much an individual is drinking.”

Online Module: Substance Use Screening and Reproductive Education and Counseling for Substance Using Women of Child-bearing Age
Sponsored by American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). “The intersection of reproductive health and addictions present numerous opportunities for improving women’s health. We will review the importance of screening for substance problems during prenatal care with particular attention given to validated instruments.”

Trauma-Informed Care for Families Affected by Substance Use Disorders March 26, 20151:00 – 2:30 PM EDT. “The New England Addiction Technology Transfer Center (New England ATTC) has partnered with the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW) to develop a web-based series on effective strategies, practices and policies addressing families with substance use disorders (SUDs) in the child welfare system.”
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 with any questions.

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.