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New FASD in Review Examines Study on Missed and Misdiagnosis of FASD

March 31, 2015

The latest FASD in Review examines a recent article by Ira Chasnoff and colleagues, published in the journal Pediatrics. This archival study examined the rate of misdiagnosis and missed diagnoses of FASD among a sample of foster and adopted children at a children’s mental health center in Chicago, Illinois. The results of this study reported that 86 percent of FASD cases were either missed (80%) or incorrectly diagnosed (6%) at referral in this sample of foster and adoptive care populations. Combined with other recent data suggesting that the prevalence of FASD is higher than previously believed, these findings hold significant implications related to the need for FASD training and increased FASD diagnostic capacity across the country.

Click here to read the full article.

FASD Center Recognizes Alcohol Awareness Month

March 31, 2015

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), alcohol use and abuse is estimated to cause approximately 80,000 deaths in the U.S. each year. In addition, abuse of alcohol can lead to many other adverse health and social outcomes, including liver cirrhosis, breast and colon cancer, unintentional injuries, violence, unintended pregnancy, and FASD.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsors Alcohol Awareness Month every year to inform Americans about the damage that excessive alcohol consumption can cause, and to encourage everyone to follow some simple guidelines:

  • Don't drink if you are under the legal drinking age.
  • Only drink alcohol in moderation.
  • If you are pregnant, or may become pregnant, don't drink alcohol. There is no known safe amount or type of alcohol to drink during pregnancy.

Click here to learn more about the FASD Center’s related resources. The CDC also offers online information and free downloads about alcohol, pregnancy, and planning for a safe and healthy baby. Click here to access their What You Should Know About Alcohol and Pregnancy homepage. Share the messages: #AlcoholAwarenessMonth #BeSafe

New “Ask the Expert” Interviews FASD Specialist Dan Dubovsky on Screening and Modifications to Treatment

February 27, 2015

As a follow-up to this month’s Third Thursday iTraining collaboration with the Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network, the FASD Center for Excellence interviews FASD Specialist Dan Dubovsky, M.S.W., for the new Ask the Expert. The interview takes a look at the new Screening and Modifications to Treatment (SMT) approach, which aims to identify adults with a possible FASD and more effectively serve them. A group of researchers, including Mr. Dubovsky, developed SMT, a key part of which is the Life History Screen, which helps to identify signs of an FASD or other cognitive issues in clients.

Read the full interview here. A video presentation of the ATTC iTraining can be viewed here.

March is National Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

February 27, 2015

The month of March is designated as National Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. The SAMHSA FASD Center for Excellence supports the efforts of local and national organizations addressing the needs of this population. Prenatal exposure to alcohol is one of many contributing factors that could lead to an intellectual or developmental disability. The FASD Center is committed to raising awareness and sharing information on this preventable issue.

For information and resources on FASD, visit the FASD Center’s Products Web page to explore our materials for families, educators, and professionals. We also encourage you to visit the website’s of other federal and regional agencies dedicated to raising awareness of intellectual and developmental disabilities, including The Arc and the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Save the Date: Upcoming Webinar on Screening and Modifications to Treatment

February 13, 2015

Don’t forget to join us on February 19th for a Webinar on Screening and Modifications to Treatment (SMT), an exciting new model for identifying individuals in substance abuse treatment who may have an FASD, and making appropriate modifications to improve outcomes.

Co-sponsored by the SAMHSA FASD Center for Excellence and SAMHSA’s Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network, the Webinar is part of the ATTC’s ongoing Third Thursday iTraining series, and will feature Dan Dubovsky, a longtime FASD Specialist and one of the co-authors of SMT.

We hope you will join us for this free event, scheduled for Thursday, February 19, 2015, from 2:00pm to 3:30pm (EST). Click here to register and learn more!

More Navigation Enhancements for FASD Center for Excellence

February 13, 2015

The SAMHSA FASD Center for Excellence continues to simplify our website user experience. Over the last few months, we’ve announced new sections on the homepage’s left-hand navigation. This month, we’ve made additional enhancements:

  • The left-hand navigation has been alphabetized for simpler organization;
  • The FASD Database, About Us and About FASD sections have been simplified and updated;
  • The Products section has been reorganized for simple viewing and access to all of the FASD Center’s products; and
  • The subcategories in the Resources section are now in a collapsible alphabetical list to minimize scrolling and make it easier to find the subcategory you want, and our extensive list of resources for Native communities is separated out for easier use.

We invite you to explore our site and see how we’ve made important information easier to find.