Saturday, December 19, 2020

FASD News - 50/2020

SPECIAL
NEW BOOK, Ira J Chasnoff, MD and Ronald J Powell, PhD - Guided Growth: Educational and Behavioral Interventions for Children and Teens with FASD and Early Trauma
European FASD Alliance chair Diane Black writes in her review of the book: “This beautiful book, targeted to teachers, parents – anyone involved with guiding children and youth with FASD – fills a great gap in the literature addressing the education of children. Citing the most recent research, Drs. Chasnoff and Powell first explain how normal learning takes place and how the brain works and then explain what goes wrong in the brain affected by prenatal exposure to alcohol and postnatal trauma. In fact, many children prenatally exposed to drugs or alcohol have also been exposed to neglect or abuse. The authors explain how all these factors contribute to a state of permanent stress, which inhibits the development of social relations and academic learning. The second half of the book moves into providing strategies to improve behavior and effective learning, offering numerous examples with detailed analyses of what works and what does not. The final chapters will be of special interest to parents and teachers who aim to prevent problems before they occur and to promote better communication between parents and teachers. I highly recommend this book to anyone who works with children and youth who were prenatally exposed to alcohol.”
The book in hard copy or electronically is available at www.ntiupstream.com

 

NEWS and ARTICLES

Scoop (New Zealand) - Funding Boost A First For The Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Community
Christmas has come early for the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) community this year in the guise of a $210,000 contract with the Ministry of Health using money from the Government’s Proceeds of Crime fund.
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The Sidney Morning Herald (Australia) - If it's to be a merry festive season, consider the child you might conceive
Festive season cheer – let’s face it, alcohol – can lead to the conception of children. It can also damage not only one or two but three generations of your offspring.
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Medical News Today - Symptoms and treatment of fetal alcohol syndrome
If a baby has exposure to alcohol in the womb, they can develop a range of conditions known as fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs). The most severe of these disorders is fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS).
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PsyPost – Dog-assisted therapy shows promise in treating youth with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
A new study found that children and adolescents with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders showed reduced symptoms after dog-assisted therapy when administered alongside pharmacological treatment. The findings were published in Frontiers in Psychology.
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The South End - Wayne Medicine study reveals biomarker of alcohol exposure in womb
Pediatricians and obstetricians could have another scientific weapon to yield in their pursuit of protecting newborn babies who may have been exposed to alcohol in the womb because of an original study published by researchers at the Wayne State University School of Medicine.
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CanFASD (Canada) - 2020 CanFASD Art Competition Winners
Since 2016 we’ve run an art competition to showcase the creativity of Canadians with FASD. Each year the winner is featured on our holiday card, but their art doesn’t have to be holiday-themed. Our applicants are inspired by anything from holiday traditions to sunsets, and everything in between.
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NoFASD Australia - SCHOOL HOLIDAY STRATEGIES
For some, school holidays are an exciting time, full of opportunities for fun. For others, the change in routine and unpredictability of the coming weeks can cause anxiety and stress for children and their carers.
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FASD: Learning with Hope - Tis the Season (for FASD Sensory Overload)
It’s that time of the year.  Fasten your sleighbelts. Batten down the breakable angels. Put those extra Christmas biscuits somewhere up high. And cherish those sparkling eyes lit up with the glow of Christmas lights, for sure as Rudolph’s nose shines, there will be tears.
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Our Sacred Breath - 12 WISHES FOR FASD: 2020 EDITION
In 2016 I wrote a blog post called 12 Wishes for FASD and My Daughter. It was a combination of things I wanted in terms of FASD awareness and things I wanted for my daughter.
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Counties Manukau (New Zealand) - FASD - Mum’s heartfelt plea to support pregnant women
“Alcohol hurt me. I wish someone had helped my mum not to drink so my brain wouldn’t have gotten hurt.” Sam* is 11-years-old and was diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) at the age of five.
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UPCOMING
ABLE2 - FASD Symposium TSAF (January 26th, 2021)
The 2021 Symposium is a virtual event. Attendees will be able to participate online (virtually) from home or office from all parts of Canada and the United States.
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Drexel Now - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Webinar Series II (January 6, 2021)
This webinar series is presented by Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health Maternal & Child Health Public Health Catalyst Program and PA AAP Medical Home Program.
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Children in Scotland - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: supporting children and young people (22/01/2021)
As part of our organisational response to the COVID-19 virus, Children in Scotland has adapted our training and events programme to a digital webinar format for the foreseeable future.
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FachPool (Germany) - Einführung in das Fetale Alkoholsyndrom (22.04.2021 - 18.06.2021)
In Deutschland werden jährlich ca. 12650 Kinder mit einer fetalen Alkoholspektrumstörung (FASD) geboren. Es ist von einer deutlich höheren Dunkelziffer auszugehen.
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FASD Hub Scotland - Moving Forward Together - FASD Scottish Collaborative Group Event (25 February 2021)
This event will be an opportunity to learn about the latest developments in FASD diagnosis and support in Scotland, and we will be joined by a host of speakers from various disciplines.
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VIDEOS and MATERIALS
Nasenonline - School Resources for FASD
Children with an FASD have unique challenges that interface with the school environment. Learn more about how to help a child or family be successful academically.
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Werry Workforce Whāraurau - Lunchtime Learning FASD
This introduction to FASD will explore a learning resource aimed at building capacity across the workforce. The free eLearning course supports a range of frontline professionals to recognise and respond compassionately to people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and other neurodisabilities.
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CourseVideos - FASD and Alcohol
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FASD Hub - A conversation with Professor Carol Bower: Shining a Light on FASD
Professor Carol Bower is an internationally recognised public health researcher who has spent almost her entire research career working in birth defects and aiming to improve maternal and child health.
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FASD Success - Turning the Spotlight on the Creators of the UK's first FASD podcast
We know Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder isn’t in the spotlight very much as it remains one of the most misunderstood or misdiagnosed disorders yet is the most common developmental disability. It is so important for us to work together to get the messages out, that I knew I just had to reach out when I heard about a new FASD podcast.
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Adoption Week Scotland - Adoption Week Scotland 2020-A conversation with Rich on FASD
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Twinkl - Adult Guidance for Children with FASD (Foetal Alcohol Syndrome)
This Adult Guidance for Children with FASD provides a wealth of information about working with and supporting children about FASD.
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RESEARCH
Advances in Pediatric Research - High facial specificity and positive predictive value are required to diagnose fetal alcohol syndrome when prenatal alcohol exposure is unknown
FASD diagnostic guidelines that use relaxed criteria for the FAS facial phenotype risk misdiagnosing and over-diagnosing FAS and partial FAS when PAE is unknown.
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Alcohol Clin Exp Res - Evolution of the Physical Phenotype of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders from Childhood through Adolescence
Key facial features that characterize FASD in early childhood diminish or evolve in some individuals, making diagnostic examinations that rely on these characteristics most sensitive during early childhood and school age.
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Alcohol Clin Exp Res – Use of Telemedicine for the Physical Examination of Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)
Telemedicine is a valid and reliable method for the examination of the physical features of FAS, that may contribute to greater access to an early diagnosis of FASD in children prenatally exposed to alcohol and/or with characteristic neurobehavioral deficits.
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NeuroImage: Clinical - An fMRI investigation of neural activation predicting memory formation in children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
Prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) is associated with physical anomalies, growth restriction, and a range of neurobehavioral deficits.
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Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research - Infant Cardiac Orienting Responses Predict Later FASD in the Preschool Period
A score reflecting total deviation from typical HR during CORs elicited using visual stimuli in infancy may be useful in identifying individuals who need early intervention as a result of their PAE.
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University of Regina - EXAMINING THE REPRESENTATION OF SOCIAL ACTORS IN FASD PREVENTION CAMPAIGNS
Through an exploration of public health campaigns targeting the prevention of FASD, I identified and challenged the concepts of mother blame and stigma found within the discursive practices of the medical system.
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Brain Sciences - Prenatal Alcohol Exposure in Rats Diminishes Postnatal Cxcl16 Chemokine Ligand Brain Expression
Maternal ethanol consumption during pregnancy is one of the main causes of Neurodevelopmental disorders (NDD). Prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) produces several adverse manifestations.
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International Journal of Forensic Mental Health - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Neurodevelopmental Disorders: An International Practice Survey of Forensic Mental Health Clinicians
As awareness about FASD continues to grow in legal contexts, additional research, training, and policy consideration is required to develop and implement evidence-based practice resources for forensic clinicians.
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Alcoholism - Epigenetic Clock Analysis in Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is characterized by severe clinical impairment, considerable social burden, and high mortality and morbidity, which are due to various malformations, sepsis, and cancer.
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Research in Developmental Disabilities - Yarning about fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: Outcomes of a community-based workshop
The current study identified key learnings from workshop facilitators and participants. The findings call attention to the importance of a co-design approach, where collaboration is vital to support the appropriate adaption of evidence-based practice to suit the local context.
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IN OTHER LANGUAGES
FASD & Schule - Die Fetale Alkoholspektrumstörung (FASD) und der Umgang in der Schule
Dieses Video gibt einen kurzen Überblick darüber, was die Fetale Alkoholspektrumstörung (FASD) ist und wie Lehrerinnen und Lehrer in der Schule mit Betroffenen - wie dem fiktiven Charakter Marie - umgehen können.
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FachPool (Germany) - Einführung in das Fetale Alkoholsyndrom (22.04.2021 - 18.06.2021)
In Deutschland werden jährlich ca. 12650 Kinder mit einer fetalen Alkoholspektrumstörung (FASD) geboren. Es ist von einer deutlich höheren Dunkelziffer auszugehen.
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