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KnowFASD

After what seems like far too long, KnowFASD is back in operation! To those of you who use the site regularly and have been waiting for its return, thank you for your patience.

If you have never visited the site, please feel free to drop by and check it out! Take a browse through the interactive home page and learn more/find help on the site’s wiki.

Our goal with KnowFASD is to provide a comprehensive site where viewers can learn about the neurobehavioural deficits associated with FASD throughout the lifespan and link to intervention options.

The main homepage of the website is an interactive interface where viewers can scroll through the lifespan of individuals with FASD, with neurobehavioural issues at each developmental stage presented as they may appear in day-to-day life. By clicking on a neurobehavioural issue, viewers are directed to a “wiki” (which works in a similar fashion to Wikipedia) housing information from current research on the neurobehavioural issue at hand. Each wiki page discusses a specific neurobehavioural issue: how it presents, potential causes, and potential consequences. At the bottom of each page, a link is provided to topic-specific intervention options.

Please feel free to visit the site, pass it along, and give us your feedback or suggestions. Check back often as we continue to upload information, links, and resources.

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Don’t forget; tomorrow (December 18th, 2013) holds two great FASD webinars: “Trauma and Addiction” from the Alberta Learning Series and “The CIFASD: From the Lab to Changing Lives” from NOFAS

Trauma and Addiction

When: December 18, 2013, 9:00-11:00 AM, MST

Kirsty Prasad discusses the relationship between trauma and substance abuse as well as the similarities between the presentation of trauma and substance use. Trauma informed principles will be covered.

Register

The CIFASD: From the Lab to Changing Lives

When: December 18, 2013, 2:00-3:00 PM, EST

Dr. Edward P. Riley discusses the Collaborative Initiative on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (CIFASD), an international association of researchers and clinicians working to increase our knowledge of FASD. The webinar will provide an overview of CIFASD and cover findings from the organization’s recent clinical and basic research projects.

Register

A quick update on some upcoming events:

Breaking Barriers Symposium 2013
As part of a symposium on ADHD, Learning Disabilities, and Other Learning-Based Life Barriers, Julia Conkel-Ziebell will present “Change the Environment, Not the Child: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and Interventions for School Success”
When: November 9, 2013. 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Where: St Louis Park, MN, USA

6th Annual FASD Fall Conference: Understanding Trauma
The Asante Centre FASD Collaboration Roundtable brings together a day of presentations related to FASD and trauma and implications for trauma informed practice. A few intervention focused talks (among many more interesting presentations):
“FASD and Trauma: Helping Kids Recover”
“Finding Parent/Caregiver Well-Being Amidst Stress and Worry”
“Panel Presentation: Voices of Hope”
When: November 23, 2013. 8:45 AM – 4:00 PM
Where: New Westminster, BC
*Caregivers: You can register your children for free child/youth minding during the conference!

Upcoming Government of Alberta FASD Learning Series

Gender and Addiction
Kirsty Prasad discusses characteristics of women and substance abuse including barriers that women face
When: November 20, 2013. 9:00 – 11:00 AM MDT
Where: Free online webinar!

Trauma and Addiction
Kirsty Prasad discusses the interaction between substance abuse and trauma, as well as trauma informed principles and the similarities between substance use and trauma symptoms
When: December 18, 2013. 9:00 – 11:00 AM MDT
Where: Free online webinar!

There are “to be announced” FASD learning series presentations coming up in 2014 on the following dates:

January 15, 2014
February 19, 2014
March 19, 2014
April 16, 2014
May 21, 2014

Check back here and on the Alberta Government FASD Learning Series page for updates on future presentations and don’t forget to register!

For those of you who have not yet subscribed, here is last month’s iNAT FASD intervention newsletter. This edition Includes a feature on new and exciting strength based interventions through the University of the Fraser Valley, a new research paper  on the cost of addiction treatment for those with FASD, and information on upcoming conferences and events.

Read the newsletter and subscribe for future editions

knowfasd

We recently featured our newest project, KnowFASD, in the latest edition of our iNAT newsletter. For those of you who have not yet subscribed to the iNAT newsletter, here is some information about KnowFASD:

Our goal with KnowFASD is to provide a comprehensive site where viewers can learn about the neurobehavioural deficits associated with FASD throughout the lifespan and link to intervention options.

The main homepage of the website is an interactive interface where viewers can scroll through the lifespan of individuals with FASD, with neurobehavioural issues at each developmental stage presented as they may appear in day-to-day life. By clicking on a neurobehavioural issue, viewers are directed to a “wiki” (which works in a similar fashion to Wikipedia) housing information from current research on the neurobehavioural issue at hand. Each wiki page discusses a specific neurobehavioural issue: how it presents, potential causes, and potential consequences. At the bottom of each page, a link is provided to topic-specific intervention options.

Please feel free to visit the site, pass it along, and give us your feedback or suggestions. Check back often as we continue to categorize and upload information.

Visit KnowFASD

The Organic Brain Dysfunction (OBD) Triage Institute is offering a 2 day workshop entitled Addictions Treatment Design for Individuals Living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. The workshop will focus on creating patient specific intervention strategies by taking in to account the patient’s strengths and challenges. Factors impacting risk of substance abuse and addiction will be covered in addition to factors involved in designing individual specific interventions, such as culture, patient history, learning abilities, and medical disposition. After care and service delivery will also be covered.

This workshop targets professionals involved with addictions prevention, treatment, counselling, and aftercare. The workshop will take place in Calgary, Alberta, November 23-24, 2011. This follows the Alberta FASD Conference November 21-22, 2011, also in Calgary.

*Unfortunately, the OBD Triage Institute website is under construction at the moment. Click here to receive an email when the site is up and running. For inquiries or to register for the workshop, email info@obdtriage.com

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