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Volume 5, Issue 20
 
NOFAS Free Webinar
Self Regulation and Executive Functioning in Youth with FASD: Implications for the Criminal Justice System Free Webinar. Thursday, May 22, 2014. 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM. This edition of the NOFAS Webinar Series, presented by Ira J. Chasnoff, M.D., an award-winning author, researcher and lecturer, will address the following learning objectives:  At the completion of this session, participants will be able to:
  1.  Explain the concept of information processing as affected by prenatal alcohol exposure
  2.  Name three typical FASD-like behaviors in the criminal context
  3.  List three reasons FASD should be considered a mitigating factor in adjudication and sentencing.
 
Research News
FASD and Secondary Schizophrenia: A Unique Neuropathologic Study “We report the unique neuropathologic study of an adult brain of a patient with fetal alcohol syndrome who developed the well-recognized complication of schizophrenia in adolescence. The major finding was asymmetric formation of the lateral temporal lobes, with marked enlargement of the right superior temporal gyrus, suggesting that alcohol is preferentially toxic to temporal lobe patterning during gestation.” – Journal of Child Neurology
 
Long-term Genomic and Epigenomic Dysregulation as a Consequence of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure “This review integrates recent data that has progressed our understanding FASD as a continuum of molecular events, beginning with cellular stress response and ending with a long-term ‘footprint’ of epigenetic dysregulation across the genome.” – Frontiers in Genetics
 
FASD Community News
MOFAS Blog: My Children’s Story is Complicated: Part 1 of 3 Personal article written by Mary Weaver, MOFAS Northwest Area Family Resource Coordinator.  “When I was 19, I became pregnant. I was young, uninformed, and immature. Sporadically throughout the beginning of my pregnancy, I drank. To be honest, I’ve searched my brain to remember what, if anything, my doctor told me about drinking during pregnancy, and am really not sure what he said.”

3000 New Zealand Children Born with FASD Each Year “Leading paediatrician Zoe McLaren… said because of New Zealand's high drinking rates, high rates of unplanned pregnancy and rates of drinking during pregnancy, FASD was a major concern but little in the way of resources had been invested in the training of specialists and awareness-raising.  It was estimated there were up to 3000 New Zealand children with the syndrome born each year.” – stuff.co.nz

Yukon, Canada Starts Major Study of FASD Prevalence in the Criminal Justice System “In partnership with the Child & Family Research Institute at BC Children’s Hospital and the University of British Columbia (UBC), the Department of Justice has begun a study evaluating the prevalence of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in individuals who are incarcerated or on probation in Yukon. The purpose of this research is to better understand how many people in the corrections system face challenges linked to FASD, mental-health disorders and substance-use problems.” – Yukon Government News Release
 
UN Agency Urges Greater Action to Curb Alcohol-related Deaths “More than three million deaths in 2012 were linked to alcohol with a steady increase in alcohol use among women, the United Nations health agency today reported calling on Governments to do more to prevent alcohol-related deaths and diseases.” – UN News Centre

Webinars
MOFAS Hand-in-Hand Web Series May 1st - May 29th “MOFAS in collaboration with Bethany Christian Services will offer an online Hand-in-Hand Series. The series is an opportunity for parents, caregivers, and professionals who care and support those who have received or suspect a fetal alcohol diagnosis to come together to learn about FASD in a supportive and informal setting. The 5-part series will be presented on consecutive Thursday’s in May over the Noon hour CST.
 
FASD & Occupational Therapy May 20, 2014. 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM. “Prenatal exposure to alcohol can negatively affect neurodevelopmental  functioning.  Occupational therapy assists in sensory processing, functions of daily living, and more.  This webinar is targeted to providers and parents alike and will provide a brief overview of FASD and how Occupational Therapy can enhance sensory integration and future life outcomes.”
 
Self Regulation and Executive Functioning in Youth with FASD: Implications for the Criminal Justice System Free Webinar. Thursday, May 22, 2014. 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM. This edition of the NOFAS Webinar Series, presented by Ira J. Chasnoff, M.D., an award-winning author, researcher and lecturer, will address the following learning objectives:  At the completion of this session, participants will be able to:
  1.  Explain the concept of information processing as affected by prenatal alcohol exposure
  2.  Name three typical FASD-like behaviors in the criminal context
  3.  List three reasons FASD should be considered a mitigating factor in adjudication and sentencing.
 
FASD Interventions and Treatment: What's Out There May 22, 2014. Noon – 1:30 PM EST. “This presentation will offer a guide to addressing the daily life challenges affected by the brain damage caused by prenatal alcohol exposure. The presenter will provide strategies and suggestions that providers along with families can use to help support individuals with FASD along with their families.”

Preventing FASD: Creating a Circle of Hope May 28, 2014. 1:00 PM EST. NOFAS Vice-President Kathy Mitchell and Daphne Colacion of Lake County Tribal Health Consortium will use personal stories to describe how individuals, their families, and communities are affected by alcohol and FASD. Ms. Mitchell will highlight some of the NOFAS FASD prevention efforts in their 25 year history. Suggestions for how clinicians and communities can work to prevent FASD will be discussed.
 
FASD Basics June 5, 2014. 12 Noon – 1:30 PM. Free. “This is a basic (101) training geared toward a variety of audiences including professionals, parents, students, educators, etc. Participants will: Define Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), learn how prenatal exposure to alcohol may affect individuals and families at different developmental stages and find resources in your area and how you can help. Presented by: Barb Clark, MOFAS Family Resource Coordinator”
 
FASD: Making Sense of Senses, Part I June 5, 2014. Noon-1:30 PM EST. “This series of presentations will be focused on the basic functions of the sensory systems and what happens when they are impaired by prenatal alcohol exposure. Part I will focus on what happens to the brain and Part II will be on what families can do in a child's daily life to address sensory issues.”
 
Substance Use and Alcohol: Women, Pregnancy and After Birth June 10, 2014. Webinar from Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario.  “Speaker Mary Muller, R.N., B.Sc.N., will present this webinar with the following learning objectives: To examine how alcohol and substance use is changing for women in Ontario and what that means to health and social service providers. To discuss the impact on pregnancy. To examine the effects of substance use on newborns. To examine evidence based strategies for prevention and harm reduction. Look at the roles each of us can play to help in prevention and harm reduction.”
 
FASD: Making Sense of Senses, Part II June 12, 2014. Noon-1:30 PM EST
 
Developing Prevention: Lessons Learned From an International FASD Prevention Study June 12, 2014. 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST. “Presenters: Leigh Ann Davis, Tatiana Balachova. Description: The presentation will describe a 10-year international research collaboration aimed at developing FASD prevention research in Russia, a country with one of the highest alcohol consumption rates.”
 
Events
FASD Into Action – Alaska Style June 2 & 3, 2014. Anchorage, Alaska. “This program was developed by Diane V. Malbin, a parent of children with prenatal exposure, as well as an internationally recognized authority on FASD. She is the founder of the non-profit organization FASCETS (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Consultation, Education, and Training Services, Inc.).”

NOFAS Awards Reception: “Brining Advocates Together” June 10, 2014. Washington, DC.  This special evening, “Bringing Advocates Together” will unite NOFAS affiliates, individuals and families living with FASD, and advocates and people in recovery that support alcohol-free pregnancies.

Diagnosing FASD in the Era of DSM-5 June 17, 2014. Marlborough, Massachusetts. “The training will inform diagnosticians/mental health clinicians of the new DSM-5 diagnostic criteria, Neurodevelopmental Disorder Associated with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure in an effort to improve and strengthen diagnostic capacity in Massachusetts.”
 
Florida Fights FASD Conference June 18, 2014. Tampa, Florida. Speakers include NOFAS Vice President and National Spokesperson Kathy Mitchell, a noted international speaker on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and Women and Addictions.
 
KITS (Keeping Infants and Toddlers Safe) Conference June 18-20, 2014. Houston, Texas. “Please save the date for the upcoming 5th annual KITS (Keeping Infants and Toddlers Safe) Conference taking place at The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston.  Registration for this event is not yet open, but please check back… for more information on pricing, speakers, and how to register. CEUs and CLEs are pending.”  Yolanda Ross, a birth mother and member of the NOFAS Circle of Hope, is presenting.
 
FASD Training
MILE Instructor Training August 1 & 2, 2014. Atlanta, Georgia. “The training consists of a 1½ day theoretical and hands on model, where participants practice the Math Interactive Learning techniques, developed for children w
  
 
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