Author: Terri

Women urged to stop drinking before conception

“…University of Queensland’s Child Health
Research Centre … Professor Karen Moritz …PhD student Emily Dorey…The
effects of periconceptional maternal alcohol intake and a postnatal high-fat
diet on obesity and liver disease in male and female rat offspring. American
Journal of Physiology – Endocrinology and Metabolism..”

Mandatory health warnings

“Alcohol sold in
Australia should be labelled with mandatory health warnings for pregnant and
breastfeeding women, the West Australian government says. WA Health Minister Roger Cook is calling for state, territory and federal
governments to support compulsory health warnings on alcohol, ahead of the
Australian and New Zealand ministerial forum on food regulation on

Treatment for children with FASD

“…The research team developed a treatment for
children with FASD-related impairments that was demonstrated to be effective
for children in the age range of 5–10 years in a pilot study in the United
States. This novel intervention, known as ‘GoFAR,’…”

NZ – FASD is misunderstood

“‘Millions and millions of people around the world suffer from it’…” “…Speaking on TVNZ’s Breakfast this morning, CEO of FASD Forever Jeff Noble, an organisation that helps people caring for sufferers, described fetal alcohol syndrome as a ‘brain-based

What can be done?

“One of the big questions around FASD is what can
be done?…” “…In laymen’s terms, it is basically using science methods to understand behaviour. If we accept the premise that all behaviour is communication, then we use experimentation and constant reflection to determine what that
communication is…”

Christmas Cards raising awareness of FASD

“…During #UKCharityWeek NOFAS-UK will send 10 free postcards with the message “We all deserve a chance to shine”.  These cards are designed for teachers, TAs, family and friends. NOFAS-UK will include a copy of “Teaching a Student With FASD” as a bonus…”

Addicted moms shouldnt have to choose


“…A Kingston, Ont., family doctor is pushing
the province to support a proposed facility that would allow women trying to
get treatment for addiction and substance abuse to bring their young children
with them…”

Manitoba – Justice reform for people with FASD

At 28 weeks pregnant, Stephanie Deschene was put in
leg shackles and handcuffs as she was transferred between Canadian prisons. The
day after she gave birth to her son last January, she said prison staff were
directed to shackle and cuff her again.

Working with clients with FASD

“This webinar is aimed at legal advocates and poverty law lawyers…”

Effective communication with a client can be difficult
to achieve under ideal circumstances, let alone if your client has fetal
alcohol spectrum disorder. Individuals affected by FASD are at a higher risk of
being involved with the law and the court system. Understanding the
communication difficulties common among individuals with FASD can go a long way
towards trying to minimize negative and repeated encounters with the legal
system. Our presenters, Robyn Matthews and Myles Himmelreich, will be providing
some insight on how FASD can affect communication with a client and practical
tips for effective communication with clients with FASD. Robyn Matthews is the
Family and Community Support Coordinator with the Asante Centre and Myles
Himmelreich is a well-known motivational speaker on FASD, having presented
nationally and internationally for many years, sharing his experiences in
living with FASD.