The FAAST Team, in conjunction with the University of Edinburgh, is delighted to inform you that applications are now open for our two online 10-week courses in FASD. Each course can be taken as CPD with our without academic credit.
Places are limited, so early application is recommended!
Global News (Canada) - New sensory room for adults with FASD & Ronald McDonald House Golf Tournament
Scoop NZ (New Zealand) - FASD-CAN Response
To ERO Report: Vulnerable Learners Failed By Alternative Education
We are responding to the various television, press and radio coverage on 27 June of the release of the Education Review Office (ERO) report on alternative education.
Castanet (Canada) - BC's only adult
assessment clinic for FASD in dire need of help to stay open
The only adult assessment clinic in B.C. for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder will, in all likelihood, have to close its doors.
Echo Press (USA) - An Echo Press Editorial:
Addressing Pre-Natal Alcohol Exposure
For some, FASD is just a meaningless jumble of letters. In reality, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders can have a devastating impact on families. It occurs when a fetus is exposed to alcohol during pregnancy.
Croakey Health Media (Australia) - National
alliance urges five key steps to reduce harms from alcohol
If the Australian Government is to achieve the stated goal of a 10 percent reduction in the harmful use of alcohol by 2028, some significant policy changes are needed, according to Hannah Pierce, Executive Officer for Alcohol Change Australia.
Oregon Capital Chronicle (USA) - Why WA is taking a new approach to caring
for newborns exposed to drugs
In Washington, hospitals automatically report newborns affected by their mother’s use of drugs or alcohol during pregnancy to Child Protective Services.
CanFASD Blog - Trainee
Series: An Interview About Engaging with Individuals with FASD in Your Practice
Hi everyone! My name is Kathleen Holmstrom, I am a first year Master of Education student in the University of Alberta’s School and Clinical Child Psychology program.
Girls, Women, Alcohol,
and Pregnancy - Supportive Alcohol Policy as a Key Component in FASD
In Canada, the Four-Part Model of FASD Prevention is used to describe the continuum of multi-sectoral prevention efforts, including broad awareness campaigns, safe and respectful conversations around pregnancy and alcohol use, and holistic wraparound support services for pregnant and postpartum women with alcohol and other health and social concerns.
Conversation - UNDERSTANDING THE COMPLEX REASONS BEHIND ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION
Alcohol consumption during pregnancy is a multifaceted issue that cannot be attributed to a single cause. Pregnant women or gender diverse individuals may consume alcohol for various reasons, ranging from underestimating the risks to facing social and economic challenges.
VIDEOS and MATERIALS
CanFASD - #FASDMonth2023 toolkit
First celebrated in 1999, FASD day is devoted to raising awareness of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) to improve prevention of FASD and diagnosis and support for individuals with FASD.
FASD Hope Podcast - A
Journey of Faith and Strength - A Conversation with Liz Kulp
Episode 171 is an extraordinary bonus episode with award winning author / speaker / musician/ FASD Self Advocate legend, Liz Kulp. Liz has written 3 books, through her adolescence through adulthood, about her living with an FASD.
CanFASD - 2023
Version of the Common Messaging Guide Released
Since 2017, we have been publishing an FASD Common Messages Guide, a resource focused on respectful ways of writing and talking about FASD. Each spring, we review the guide and update it with new research and conversations that emerge in the FASD community.
Drymester - FASD: A
Guide for Speech and Language Therapists
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a disorder caused by alcohol exposure in the womb. Although it’s brain-based, there are more than 400 conditions that can co-occur throughout the body and across the lifespan.
FASD Hope podcast - All
About FASD - Energy Drinks and FASD with Dr. Jerrod Brown
Episode 170 welcomes back Dr. Jerrod Brown with our "series within the series" - All About FASD. This month's topic is "Energy Drinks and FASD".
National FASD - Experts
on the Alcohol & Pregnancy Toolkit from National FASD
The Alcohol & Pregnancy Toolkit has been designed with expert input for midwives and maternity practitioners of all kinds.
Frontiers in Neuroscience - Effects of Genetics and Sex on Adolescent Behaviors Following Neonatal Ethanol Exposure in BXD Recombinant Inbred Strains
Overall, we identified effects of ethanol exposure, strain, and/or sex on multiple behavioral measures. Interestingly, the strains that showed the most effects of postnatal ethanol exposure on adolescent behavior were the BXD strains that show high ethanol-induced cell death in the neonatal hippocampus, consistent with our hypothesis.
Europe PMC - The
trauma experiences of children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders:
Developmental outcomes utilizing a threat/deprivation child adversity framework
Unique patterns of behavior are found in children with FASD when analyzing the impact of traumatic experiences through a threat/deprivation framework. The combination of both threat and deprivation experiences lends to worse outcomes overall.
University of Bristol - Addressing the
fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) ‘data gap’. Multi-method and
multi-disciplinary public engagement to ascertain the acceptability and
feasibility of establishing the first UK National linked database for FASD
Multi-method and multidisciplinary stakeholder engagement demonstrated the feasibility and acceptability of establishing the first UK national linked database for FASD.
Frontiers in Public Health - An Evaluation
of a Multi-site Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Models of Care Project
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) continues to be underdiagnosed in Australia, partly due to the lack of trained clinicians and diagnostic services.
Genes - ADH1B, ADH1B/C and CYP2E1 Gene
Polymorphism and the Risk of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Increasing alcohol consumption by women of childbearing age contributes to more frequent cases of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. The cause of the syndrome is fetal alcohol exposure, particularly what is referred to as high prenatal alcohol exposure.
University of Salford - Exploring the
Vulnerabilities of Individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders to, and
within, Criminal Justice System Encounters
There is a need for the CJS to establish whether suspects, witnesses, and victims of crimes may have been impacted by prenatal alcohol exposure, since this can lead to significant vulnerability.
The Journal of Sexual Medicine - Sexual
Issues Due to Comorbidities in Individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
There has been very little empirical research on the role of FASD in inappropriate sexual behavior. In addition, environmental factors associated with prenatal alcohol exposure may play a role in the increased incidence of inappropriate sexual behaviors.
Fortune Journals - Maternal Blood Lipid
Biomarkers of Oligodendrocyte Pathology to Predict Fetal Alcohol Spectrum
MBP and FFAR levels were reduced in OL-Es from EtOHconsuming pregnant women. The data suggest potential therapeutic targets to predict which children are at risk for developing FASD and reduce dysmyelination in developing.
African Journal of Psychology - Computer-based
cognitive training for cognitive development of alcohol-exposed children in
South Africa: a feasibility randomised control trial
Children exposed to alcohol in utero may suffer from cognitive and physical sequelae. The most impactful damage in terms of daily functioning is to higher order cognitive functions involved in planning and goal-directed behaviour, referred to as executive functions.
medRxiv - Prenatal alcohol exposure and
white matter microstructural changes across the first 6-7 years of life: A
longitudinal diffusion tensor imaging study of a South African birth cohort
This study highlights the value of repeated early imaging in longitudinal studies of PAE, and focus for early childhood as a critical window of potential susceptibility as well as an opportunity for early intervention.
BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth - Rapid urine
screening for ethyl glucuronide from pregnant women as a tool for detecting
prenatal alcohol exposure
Rapid EtG tests may be an easy and inexpensive method, which may improve the possibilities for screening alcohol use among pregnant women during routine prenatal visits. Quantitative EtG analyses are recommended to confirm screening positive and uncertain cases.
Adversity and Resilience Science - Unsettling
Settler Colonialism in Research: Strategies Centering Native American
Experience and Expertise in Responding to Substance Misuse and Co-occurring
Sexual Risk-Taking, Alcohol-Exposed Pregnancy, and Suicide Prevention Among
Native American (NA) populations in the USA (i.e., those native to the USA which include Alaska Natives, American Indians, and Native Hawaiians) have confronted unique historical, sociopolitical, and environmental stressors born of settler colonialism.
Scientific Reports - Characteristic
associated with alcohol drinking in early pregnancy: a cross sectional study
Public persuasive campaigns can be used to reach the general public, especially women of childbearing age, before they start planning to conceive, but also their partners, since women with partners consuming alcohol, did show to be more likely to consume alcohol during pregnancy.
European Journal of Midwifery - Opening
Pandora’s box: A meta-ethnography about alcohol use in pregnancy from midwives’
and other healthcare providers’ perspectives
Healthcare education has the important task of ensuring that healthcare personnel have sufficient evidence-based knowledge about alcohol use in pregnancy.
Adversity and Resilience Science - Addressing
Prenatal Alcohol and Other Drug Exposure in Tribal Child Welfare: an
Tribal communities face critical challenges in identifying and addressing substance use by pregnant women. These challenges are often exacerbated by limited resources for services and limited research on effective interventions.
Frontiers in Neuroscience - Impact of the
COVID-19 pandemic on adults with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD):
Linking immune function to mental health status
Taken together, to our knowledge, this study is the first to examine the impact of the pandemic in adults with FASD. And while it may be too soon to predict the long-term effects of the pandemic on mental health, our data suggest that it will be important that future work also takes into account how immune function may be modulating mental health outcomes in this population.
Frontiers in Neuroscience - A tornado in
the family: fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and aggression during childhood and
adolescence: a scoping review
Following from this review of the literature, we argue that aggression is a related but separate construct from other behavioral problems most frequently targeted by parenting interventions.
IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Kurier Lubelski (Poland) - ,,Trudności poznawcze u dzieci i młodzieży ze spektrum Poalkoholowych Zaburzeń Rozwojowych (FASD)"
Szacuje się, że w Polsce częstość występowania Spektrum Poalkoholowych Zaburzeń Rozwojowych (FASD) to co najmniej 2%.
Corriere della Sera (Italy) - Sindrome
feto-alcolica, si punta a «riconoscerla» anche tramite analisi del volto in 3D
Uno studio preliminare ha sperimentato le potenzialità dell’Intelligenza artificiale per la diagnosi della sindrome fetale alcolica causata dal consumo di alcol in gravidanza
NWZonline (German) - Warum Alkohol in der
Schwangerschaft tabu sein sollte
Über die Risiken von Alkohol in der Schwangerschaft möchte jetzt eine Arbeitsgruppe im Landkreis Cloppenburg aufklären. Denn in Beratungsstellen fällt immer wieder auf, dass vielen Menschen dazu noch das Wissen fehlt.
THESEUS (Sweden) - En graviditet utan
alkohol – Hur kan man stöda den gravida kvinnan
Alkohol är ett tabubelagt ämne och som kan kännas känsligt för många. Hur ska detta då tas upp i samband med graviditet och hur ska barnmorskan och annan vårdpersonal som jobbar med gravida bemöta detta?
Chaos im Kopf Podcast - Dein FASD Podcast
(Germany) - FASD und der Übergang in die Eingliederungshilfe
Erfahre in dieser Podcastfolge, was passiert, wenn die Jugendhilfe für junge Menschen mit FASD endet. In Zusammenarbeit mit dem Kölner FASD Fachzentrum spricht Wolfgang Werminghausen mit Frauke Zottmann-Neumeister über rechtliche Betreuung, Eingliederungshilfe und das Bundesteilhabegesetz.