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Volume 6, Issue 6
 
NOFAS News
Interview with Young Man Living with FASD
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NOFAS produced this video interview with Stephen DeJoseph, a young man who is mildly affected by FASD.  Stephen has problems with organization and memory, while he excels in many other areas of his life.
 
NOFAS Spring Artwork Contest
NOFAS wants to see your creativity! Send us your drawing, painting, or other art for our Spring Artwork Contest. Winning designs will be showcased on NOFAS stationary. Send artwork by email to information@nofas.org, with a full name, email, phone number, and mailing address included.  Spring 2015 theme: The Joys of Spring. Submission Deadline: Friday, February 27th 
 
NOFAS Webinar: Proven and Promising Interventions for Children with FASD
February 18, 2015. 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST.
Free webinar presented by Jacquelyn Bertrand, PhD. This session will present a general intervention framework for children with FASDs and specific information on four evidence-based interventions for children with FASDs that are designed to maximize developmental potential, reduce the risk of developing secondary conditions, and provides education and support to caregivers and families.
 
Tools
CDC Kids' Quest: FASD
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The webpage from the CDC offers a range of information and tools for kids to learn about FASD.
 
Research
New FASD in Review Looks at Recent Study on Alcohol Use
Among Pregnant Women

“A new study published online in October 2014 and in the January 2015 hard-copy issue of Annals of Epidemiology discusses the relationship between birth outcomes and low to moderate levels of prenatal alcohol exposure. The SAMHSA FASD Center for Excellence has developed a review of the article and its implications.”
 
Screening for FASD by Nonmedical Community Workers
“This study reports on the effectiveness of training community workers to screen for a possible diagnosis of a FASD… Conclusion  The use of community workers to screen for FASD represents a promising approach to effective diagnosis of children affected by PAE in areas lacking adequate medical resources.” – PubMed
 
Epigenetic Mechanisms Underlying FASD
“Epigenetic mechanisms play an important role in programmed fetal development and epigenetic changes in response to environment are well known contributors to developmental disorders. A recent study in Stem Cell Research by Khalid et al. sought to investigate changes in DNA methylation as a result of EtOH [alcohol] exposure.” - EpiBeat
 
Community News
Finding the Good with FASD
“It’s important to find the good, explained Mary Katasse, a mother of three children with FASD. She finds the good in even undesirable behavior because she said her children yearn to do good and will strive to do more good.  Katasse is the mother of five children, three of whom were adopted and exhibit varying degrees of FASD. Katasse’s family made the decision to take in the children of a relative who was unable to care for them.” – Juneau Empire
 
FASD and Wrongful Admissions of Guilt
“Many accused persons with FASD may incriminate themselves or give false information to the police or their lawyer because of their misunderstanding of the legal system and its consequences. Lack of knowledge about this disorder makes it particularly difficult to detect in an accused.” - The Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted
 
Public Health
Colorado Warns About Marijuana Danger for Pregnant Women
The Retail Marijuana Public Advisory Committee “found that maternal use during pregnancy was associated with negative effects on exposed offspring, “including decreased academic ability, cognitive function and attention.” Some effects of the effects may not appear until adolescence.” - TIME
 
Webinars
Behavioral Health Needs of Adopted Children and Youth
February 12, 2015. 2:00 PM EST. “SAMHSA invites you to participate in a live, interactive webisode, Behavioral Health Needs of Adopted Children and Youth, which will explore strategies for supporting the unique behavioral health needs of adopted children and their families. The webisode coincides with the release of a new report, Domestic and International Adoption: Strategies To Improve Behavioral Health Outcomes for Youth and Their Families.”
 
NOFAS Webinar: Proven and Promising Interventions for Children with FASD
February 18, 2015. 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST.
Free webinar presented by Jacquelyn Bertrand, PhD. This session will present a general intervention framework for children with FASDs and specific information on four evidence-based interventions for children with FASDs that are designed to maximize developmental potential, reduce the risk of developing secondary conditions, and provides education and support to caregivers and families.
 
A Method to Improve Outcomes in Treatment by Recognizing FASD February 19, 2015. 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EST. “In this Third Thursday iTraining, Mr. Dubovsky discusses a model for screening adults in treatment for a possible fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and modifying treatment approaches.”
 
Events
FASD Day at the Capitol February 24, 2015. St. Paul, Minnesota. “Come together with other advocates to learn about the importance of advocating for FASD issues. Speakers will provide information on the how to effectively advocate and tell your story. You will have the opportunity to dig deeper into the proposed legislation that will affect the FASD community.”
 
Facilitator Training: Triumph Through the Challenges of FAS February 24-27, 2015. Toledo, Ohio. “Consider participating in Double ARC's… Facilitator Training. Attend a comprehensive 3 1/2 day training session to increase knowledge and facilitation techniques on understanding and raising a child with FASD. The classes utilize nationally recognized curriculum developed by Double ARC in collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention… For more information on having someone in your organization trained to offer these classes in your area, contact Sister Suzette Fisher, SND, Ed.S., Director of Client Services 419.724.1353 or e-mail sfisher@toledosnd.org.
 
The 6th International Conference on FASD March 4-7, 2015. Vancouver, BC, Canada. “This advanced level conference continues to bring together experts from multiple disciplines to share international research. From the pure science, to prevention, diagnosis and intervention across the lifespan, the conference will address the implications of this research and promote scientific/community collaboration. It provides an opportunity to enhance understanding of the relationships between knowledge and research and critical actions related to FASD. First held in 1987, the conference brings together people passionate about this work in a stimulating environment where they can learn and forge new partnerships.”
 
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.”
 
Please send suggested items for the roundup (events, articles, research) to information@nofas.org

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The NOFAS Weekly Roundup is edited by Andy Kachor.
 




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