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Volume 5, Issue 19
 
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
Drinking Before and After Pregnancy Recognition Among South African Women “This study explored how female drinkers in South Africa may differentially modulate their drinking patterns upon pregnancy recognition, depending on trauma history. Our results suggest that women with traumatic experiences are more likely to exhibit risky alcohol consumption when they become pregnant, regardless of prior risk.” - BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
 
FASD and Hypertension Status in Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults “The major findings of this study suggest a significant relationship between FAS and hypertension in youth. Race/ethnicity also proved important in predicting hypertensive blood pressure readings independent of FAS diagnosis.” – Georgia State University
 
A Smartphone Application to Support Recovery From Alcoholism “In total, 349 patients who met the criteria for DSM-IV alcohol dependence when they entered residential treatment were randomized to treatment as usual or treatment as usual plus a smartphone with the Addiction–Comprehensive Health Enhancement Support System (A-CHESS), an application designed to improve continuing care for alcohol use disorders. For the 8 months of the intervention and 4 months of follow-up, patients in the A-CHESS group reported significantly fewer risky drinking days than did patients in the control group, with a mean of 1.39 vs 2.75 days.” - JAMA Psychiatry
 
FASD Community News
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Parents of Children with FASD Find Lack of Resources in Minnesota This article profiles Renee Feist and her daughter Claire.  “Claire Feist, now 14, is one of more than 50,000 Minnesotans struggling with fetal alcohol syndrome and the spectrum of disorders that accompany it.” – St. Peter Herald

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Addicted And Pregnant: 'The Most Heart-Wrenching Experience Of My Life' This article reflects on the author’s experience of drinking during pregnancy and feeling stigma, guilt and shame, as she struggles to care for her baby and embark on a sober life. – NPR WBUR
 
Profile of Morgan Fawcett Morgan Fawcett is committed to raising awareness of FASD.  “Prior to playing his flute, Morgan’s GPA was 1.5. After, his GPA increased to 3.86 in 10 weeks…Morgan is an amazing example of the possibilities for children with FASD if their disability is identified early and supports are put into place based upon the child’s strengths. By age 18, Morgan’s IQ had increased from 73 (age 14) to 83.” – Juneau Empire
 
Profile of a Mother of a Child with FASD This article profiles Jeanne Clark and her daughter, Maya.  ““She hit every milestone, but she never slept,” Clark said. “She took 20-minute power naps.”  It took a few years before Maya’s first diagnosis came: fetal alcohol syndrome. At age 7 came another one: bipolar disorder.” – Denton Record-Chronicle

This Week is NCADD Alcohol & Drug-Related Birth Defects Awareness Week “Each May, NCADD and our National Network of Affiliates play a major and vital role across the US in educate people, especially women, about the dangers of consuming alcohol and using drugs during pregnancy.”

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 with FASD.”

Special Thanks
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Turkish Airlines was proud to support the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome’s Smart Moms, Healthy Babies Gala, with the donation of two roundtrip tickets. The airline currently flies to 247 destinations in more countries than any other airline, and operates out of six U.S. gateways – New York; Washington, D.C.; Chicago; Los Angeles; Houston; and Boston.
 
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.”
 
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”
 
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
NAATP Annual Leadership Conference May 17, 2014. Charlotte, North Carolina. “The NAATP (National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers) Leadership Conference is the leading conference for all Addiction Treatment Providers.”
 
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.
  
 
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