Wednesday, June 22, 2016

FASD in the News: Higher Autism Prevalence Prenatally Exposed to Alcohol- Pilot Study

FASD in the News.

FASD in the NEWS:

Higher autism prevalence in children prenatally exposed to alcohol: pilot study

""Whether alcohol is actually causing autism symptoms, we don't know," she said. "We can only say that there's a correlation, but we don't know exactly why."
Stade noted that there may be some overlap between FASD symptoms and the symptoms associated with autism. However, she said, children diagnosed with autism in the study presented with symptoms of both disorders.
She recommends that children who are being screened for FASD should also be screened for autism to ensure they're getting every available intervention."


Saturday, April 16, 2016

Post: Think Before You Drink. Yurcek Family Public Service Announcement

Today was just sad.  I was thinking about just how much prenatal alcohol exposure has affected some my children. What would their lives had been like if just maybe, they hadn't had their first drink before they were born?

This year the Surgeon General and the Centers for Disease control wrote that women of child bearing years should abstain from alcohol use if they are not on birth control. The announcement created controversy and women were telling the government that they cannot tell us what to do.

The announcement may have been not worded correctly, but it was much needed. Think before you drink. By the time a Mom finds out she is pregnant it may be too late to prevent Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. Binge drinking and unplanned pregnancies statistics are out there. That unplanned child may grow up with ramifications for life from alcohol. Is it worth it?

In our society the fetus as no rights. My daughter once asked me, "Who cares about my right to be born with a healthy brain and alcohol took that away from me." I couldn't answer that question, but I can raise awareness and advocate and maybe just maybe a Mom will think before she drinks.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

IEP Goals and Objectives Bank

IEP Goals and Objectives Bank

This is a must bookmark site when planning for an IEP and will help make you think of things to add to your list when facing the professionals.

Now it is posted so I can not lose it again.  Thank you to Sandie Porter for reminding me that I had found this.


Friday, January 22, 2016

FASD: Educational Assessment and Planning for FASD Videos

On the Parenting FASD site, someone posted a great BOOKMARK Worthy webpage.

Videos for Educational Planning for students with FASD's.

FASD: Assessment and Planning for Videos


Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Article: Over 400 Conditions Co-Occur with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Study Finds

Article:  Over 400 Conditions Co-Occur with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Study Finds

I found this amazing article and actually downloaded the article at the Lancet.  It was bookmark worthy and worth the $31.50 I paid for the hard copy.

"Researchers at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) have identified 428 distinct
disease conditions that co-occur in people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), in the most comprehensive review of its kind."

Here is the link  for the 1/5/16 article in The Lancet
"Comorbidity of fetal alcohol disorder: a systematic review and meta-analysis."


Article: Fine Motor Skills and Prenatal Alcohol Exposure

Article: Fine Motor Skills and Prenatal Alcohol Exposures

More and more is written about the effects of FASD.   A couple of my kids on the FASD spectrum have struggles with fine motor skills and visual motor integration.


Saturday, January 2, 2016

Article: 10 Ways Kids with FASD Are Just Different- And, No, I Can't Just Relax (A Must READ and Bookmark)

Article:  10 Ways Kids with FASD Are Just Different- And, No, I can't Just Relax 
               authored by  1-1-2016

Happy New Year and one of my resolutions are to get back to blogging, writing and sharing resources to help families with FASD and to get them much needed help and understanding.

This post came across my Facebook this morning and I have shared it on my personal wall.  I know this all too well and the author did a phenomenal job of sharing what l8 years have taught me.

This is must READ, must SHARE, and must BOOKMARK article that will really help the cause.

Thank you for the amazing post.