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Volume 5, Issue 32

Social Media Campaign
FASD Awareness Day Social Media Campaign
Join NOFAS for a Thunderclap social media campaign.  Sign up to send a tweet from your Twitter account at the exact same time as all the other participants, on September 9, 2014 at 9:09 AM.
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Community News
FASD Segment on U.K. National News
This news piece from Sky News features Susan Fleisher, Director of NOFAS-UK, part of the NOFAS Affiliate Network.  The title of the segment is “Even Moderate Alcohol During Pregnancy Can Slow Brain Function In Teens.” – Yahoo News
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Teen with FASD Becomes Advocate
This article profiles Kiah, a 14-year old girl living with FASD.  “Kiah said, "I just want to get the word out to women not to drink alcohol when pregnant. I've gotten the word out here at the library and Kroger's (a grocery store). I talk to people in the aisles. I say I have FAS and they ask me what that is. I say that's when a pregnant woman drinks alcohol and it (permanently) affects the baby's brain.” – Rocklin and Roseville Today
 
Policy/Public Health
NOFAS Releases Report on Clinical Intervention for American Indian and Alaska Native Women
NOFAS has published Implementing CHOICES in Clinical Settings that Serve American Indian and Alaska Native Women of Childbearing Age: Report, Implementation Plan, and Resources. The report describes the considerations for implementing CHOICES—a prevention program that targets women at risk of having an alcohol-exposed pregnancy before they become pregnant—in clinical settings serving American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) women of childbearing age.
 
Tools For Success: Working With Youth With FASD in the Juvenile Justice System
“The SAMHSA FASD Center for Excellence is pleased to announce the release of a revised and updated version of the curriculum Tools for Success: Working With Youth With Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) in the Juvenile Justice System. Tools for Success is designed for training juvenile justice professionals in the recognition and treatment of FASD in juvenile offenders.”
 
Research News
Drinking While Pregnant Causes Slow Brain Growth, Learning Difficulties Over Time
 “Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) has been used to observe brain activity during mental tasks in children with FASD, but we are the first to utilize these techniques to look at brain activation over time,” study author Dr. Prapti Gautam said in a press release. “We wanted to see if the differences in brain activation between children with FASD and their healthy peers were static, or if they changed as children got older.”  - Medical Daily
 
Alcohol Facts and Statistics: New NIAAA Webpage
This new webpage features information on alcohol and pregnancy, along with other alcohol-related topics, such as binge drinking.
 
Webinars
FASDs: Roles, Referrals, and Reimbursement August 13, 2014 at 3 pm ET (30 minutes). Webinar though CDC/NCBDDD cooperative agreement with The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). “The roles, referrals and reimbursement session will provide primary care clinicians with the tools they need to work with families and children who have or may have an FASDs. Dr Wargowski will identify the appropriate professionals needed to build an FASD team and discuss options for community based resources for referral and treatment. Billing, coding and reimbursement will also be discussed.”
 
Parenting the Adolescent with FASD August 14, 2014. 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM CST. “This session will offer first-hand experience of parenting an adolescent with FASD. The webinar, facilitated by Dr. Ira Chasnoff, will feature two parents who are raising adolescents with FASD. Information will include how they handle day-to-day struggles, and where they go to find assistance. This is an excellent opportunity to ask direct questions to people who are raising adolescents with FASD to learn from their experience.”
 
FASD: Prevention & Intervention, Part I August 18, 2014. 12:30PM – 2:00 PM EST. Offered by The Frontier Regional FASD Training Center. Presenter: Susan Doctor, Ph.D. “This presentation will be the first one in a series… this workshop will take participants on a journey that enfolds the fields of prevention, intervention and ethics within the FASD domain. Initially each of the three areas will be addressed separately and then woven together to form the comprehensive pattern of optimal advocacy for those with an FASD.”
Part II on September 15, 2014.
 
FREE NOFAS Webinar: Animal Model-based FASD Research: Insights Regarding Alcohol-induced Abnormal Development August 20, 2014. 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM. Free webinar presented by Kathleen K. Sulik, Ph.D.  The study of animal models allows careful analyses of abnormal development resulting from maternal alcohol use.  This research has shown that maternal alcohol administration at times corresponding to specific periods during the human 1st trimester yields a spectrum of stage of exposure-dependent structural abnormalities of the brain as well as the face.
 
Does She or Doesn't She? A Women's Health Perspective on Alcohol Use in Pregnancy August 21, 2014. 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST. “This presentation will provide an overview of alcohol dependence from a women's health perspective, with emphasis on alcohol use during pregnancy.”
 
What Educators Need to Know About FASD August 27, 2014. 12 PM – 1:00 PM CDT. “MOFAS will present a back-to-school webinar focused on interventions for working with children and adolescents with an FASD in a classroom setting. This presentation will be co-sponsored by Education Professional Pal and will offer continuing education credits for educators. Register today for this webinar! Space is limited. Contact: ruth@mofas.org for more information.”
 
FASDs: Communication, Care Plans, and Care Coordination August 27, 2014 at 3 pm ET (30 minutes). Webinar though CDC/NCBDDD cooperative agreement with The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). “The communication, care coordination and co-management session will confirm the importance of a medical home and its role in working with patients and families. Drs Matthias and Chasnoff will review the development of comprehensive care plans and present several case studies to demonstrate different approaches to care coordination and co-management.”
 
Alternatives to Incarceration for Criminal Offenders with Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities August 28, 2014. 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM EST. “Criminal Offenders with developmental and intellectual disabilities (I/DD) present unique challenges to the criminal justice system seeking to investigate and prosecute crime as well as to the social service system seeking to serve and assist this vulnerable population. Such individuals make up at least 9 – 10% of the prison population and some studies tell us that they may comprise as much as 50% of adult and juvenile offender populations”
 
SAMHSA: Recovery and Health: Echoing Through the Community September 15, 2014. 12:00 PM CST. “The webcast will expand the understanding of the role peers play in recovery, foster dialogue at national, state, and local levels on how to integrate peer-based recovery throughout all systems of care, and provide specific, concrete action steps that people can take to foster the spread of peer-based recovery.”
 
Events
Frontier Regional FASD Training Center In-Person Trainings
In order to provide a comprehensive recipe of advocacy for those with an FASD, this workshop will take participants on a journey that enfolds the fields of prevention, intervention and ethics within the FASD domain. Boise, ID - August 13, 2014. Salt Lake City, UT - September 11, 2014.
 
Cape Cod Symposium  on Addictive Disorders September 11-14, 2014. Hyannis, MA. “At CCSAD, expect to mingle with Physicians, Nurses, Psychologists, Private Practitioners, Employee Assistance Professionals, Social Workers, Professional Counselors, DOT/SAP Professionals, Chemical Dependency Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Rehabilitation Counselors, Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors, and more.”
 
NOFAS International Gala.
September 17, 2014. Washington, DC.  Gala celebrating 25 years of NOFAS at the Embassy of Italy.  Honoring: His Excellency the Ambassador of Italy Claudio Bisogniero, The Honorable Tom Harkin, and The Honorable Lisa Murkowski.
 
ATTACh Conference, Trauma-Informed Treatment: The Intersection of Attachment, Science, and Hope September 17-20, 2014. Orlando, Florida. “This conference brings together a global network of professionals and parents for transformative workshop sessions with leading experts in the field of trauma and attachment. Dr. Ira J. Chasnoff, leading researcher in the field of child development and the effects of maternal alcohol and drug use on the newborn infant and child, will present an all-day Pre-Conference training on September 17th.”
 
FASD Action Summit September 26, 2014. Moline, Illinois. “Join national experts in the field of FASD as they present the latest research and practices regarding prevention, diagnosis and strategies for living with the neurodevelopmental conditions associated with the use of alcohol during pregnancy.”
 
FASD Awareness Day
List of FASD Day Events Please submit your organization’s FASD Day event for NOFAS to include on our website.  International FASD Awareness Day is September 9, 2014. 
 
Get the FASD Awareness Day Packet.
 
NOFAS Webinar
Animal Model-based FASD Research: Insights Regarding Alcohol-induced Abnormal Development August 20, 2014. 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM. Free webinar presented by Kathleen K. Sulik, Ph.D.  The study of animal models allows careful analyses of abnormal development resulting from maternal alcohol use.  This research has shown that maternal alcohol administration at times corresponding to specific periods during the human 1st trimester yields a spectrum of stage of exposure-dependent structural abnormalities of the brain as well as the face.

 
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