This article quotes from NOFAS VP Kathy Mitchell and NOFAS Board Member Dr. Doug Waite, who states, “One of the primary reasons for lack of diagnosis is the stigma associated with the words ‘fetal alcohol,’ which holds implicit judgment of the mother (‘How could she have drank alcohol during her pregnancy?’) This lacks a greater understanding of how devastating the … Read More
Senator Tim Kaine, D-Virginia, joined NOFAS and some of its top donors at a Capitol Hill luncheon last week to talk about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and the outlook for legislation important to NOFAS and the field. Kate Boyce, Chair of the NOFAS Board of Directors, presented Kaine with the NOFAS Leadership Award for his attention to health-related issues, … Read More
Helen Simpson, a woman living with FASD, has a new children’s book titled “The Way I am is Different.” In the book, a boy with FASD is about to embark on his third grade year. The boy describes his anxiety, fears, and discusses his struggles of what it is like to live with FASD in Elementary school. The book is … Read More
“A sweeping international study of alcohol consumption has found no overall health benefits from moderate drinking and calls into question the U.S. guidelines that say men can safely drink twice as much as women. The threshold for low-risk drinking, the researchers found, is about seven beers a week for men and women alike. The new report appears in the Lancet. … Read More
“To broaden awareness of FASD, the Academy is sharing a public service announcement on its YouTube channel. The 30-second announcement explains that prenatal alcohol exposure is the leading cause of learning disabilities in children. In this PSA, Dr. Anita Chandra recommends pregnant women avoid alcohol to prevent FASD. For more information, visit HealthyChildren.org, the American Academy of Pediatrics website for … Read More
“The feature highlights the guide, Substance Use Screening and Intervention Implementation Guide: No Amount of Substance Use Is Safe for Adolescents, developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics in collaboration with CDC. The guide provides helpful information for pediatricians to implement substance use screening and brief counseling in their practices.” Learn More Here!
Mar 29, 2018 North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has proclaimed April as Alcohol Awareness Month, urging parents to talk with their kids about the dangers of alcohol. Research shows that 94% of North Carolina students believe underage drinking is a problem, and eight in 10 middle schoolers think hearing more from their parents about alcohol use would help. “Underage drinking … Read More
Researchers at the University of Rochester are developing a new app for families raising children with FASD. We need input from families to make sure it is easy to use and is helpful. Learn More!
Dr. Doug Waite and Kathy Mitchell talk about stigma, adoption and faster care in an article featuring one family’s experiences raising a daughter with an FASD. – The Chronicle of Social Change Read More!
What affects 1 in 20 first graders in the US? What has a misdiagnosed and missing diagnosis rate of about 90%? Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders is the underlying condition of many children and youth with challenging behaviors These facts are alarming and are why we are inviting you to our workshop April 14, 9-4pm Click Here for details and registration