Monday Series (3)- FASD Facts for Health Professionals


Thanks to Nofasd Autralia for putting these facts togehter

  • Fact #15. 1/3 women are unaware of the dangerous effects alcohol has on a developing fetus (Paedon, Payne, Bower, Elliott et al., 2008)


  • Fact #16. Problems that emerge in childhood do not disappear with age, but rather form the development of additional and possibly more severe disorders later in life (Pei, Denys, Hughs & Rasmussen, 2011)


  • Fact #17. The risk of developing early onset (13-17 years) alcohol abuse disorder was two times higher in those exposed to 3 or more standard drinks in early pregnancy (Alati et al., 2006)


  • Fact #18. Facial dysmorphology only occurs when alcohol is consumed during the first trimester (Feldman et al., 2012)


  • Fact #19.  81% of individuals living with FASD will have a language disorder (Popova et al., 2016)


  • Fact #20.  Children living with FASD are three times more likely to experience gross motor impairment than those without FASD. The most common gross motor deficits children experience is balance, coordination and ball skills (Lucas et al., 2014)


  • Fact #21.  FASD occurs in all cross-sections of society, wherever there is alcohol there is FASD (Fitzpatrick & Pestell, 2016).


NOFASD Australia is an independent not-for-profit charitable organization. They are the national peak organization representing the interests of individuals and families living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).


FASD – Not All News is Good News: Speculation about the Florida Shooter is Divisive



Far from the media spotlight, in Facebook groups and living rooms around the world, people with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and those who support them are debating a news report that speculated as to whether or not the Florida shooter might have undiagnosed FASD. A major news outlet used this raw moment to highlight the too-often overlooked effects of prenatal exposure to alcohol. Better understanding FASD is an important topic. Earlier this month a US study showed that more people have brain-based disabilities due to FASD than have autism. Days ago an Australian study showed that people with FASD are a disproportionate segment of the prison population.

But I have never subscribed to the idea that ‘all media is good media.’ Some articles play straight into the anti-disability prejudice and stigma that exists. Our colleagues in the autism community know this well and are feeling this backlash once again, since reports are also circulating that the shooter had an autism diagnosis. Linking any condition with violent acts in this way ignores society’s failures which are by far the more salient issue in such cases. It’s easier to identify the ‘other’ – someone not like us – as being ‘flawed’ and therefore prone to such heinous acts. Whatever condition this shooter may or may not have had is not the reason why he did what he did.

An adult with FASD summed up why it is harmful to link a condition so quickly to such an emotive news event: “I don’t want this to be the general public’s mental association to FASD. ‘Oh, you have FASD? Uh-wait; isn’t that what they said that school shooter in Florida had?’ YES because from now on NOT ONLY will I be seen as ‘stupid’ or ‘retarded’ now I get to be seen as having the potential to kill and EVERYTIME I get upset about ANYTHING I will be under heavy scrutiny because ‘They said this this and this about FASD.’  I don’t understand HOW this is REMOTELY a good thing! It makes me afraid to be open about it because I don’t want to frighten people; what people fear-they destroy.”

Myles Himmelreich wrote, “This is leading to a misunderstanding, judgement and incorrect information about FASD. I am a motivational speaker, FASD consultant and FASD trainer and as such I shake my head and say ‘we still have work ahead of us’ this shows a blanket statement and will continue to misguide people to believe individuals with FASD will automatically be violent, NOT TRUE. Oh and I’m also an individual with FASD and as such I say ‘please see me, know me, support me and join me in truly understand the struggles but also the success I face every day.’”

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Personal Hygiene – Tip Sheets Thursday

Great resources for parents and caregivers of persons with FASD.  Do you feel like a broken record by repeating yourself everyday? well, here a list of hygiene routines and reminders that you can print and post around the house!


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Routines and Consistency Tip Sheet

Here is a good one folks – tip sheet for caregivers by caregivers, it doesn’t get better than that! Who else knows first hand challenges faced by caregivers? You got that right! Another caregiver!  Brilliant Elves!


Elves FASD Tips_ Routine & Consistency Final

Fighting for FASD Supports

It’s often called the invisible disability, but according to Health Canada, an estimated one in 100 babies are born with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).

Many of those who live with FASD suffer from, among other things, depression, have learning disabilities and sometimes have difficulty understanding the consequences of their actions.

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Kingston and the Islands MPP Sophie Kiwala. (Steph Crosier/The Whig-Standard)Kingston and the Islands MPP Sophie Kiwala. (Steph Crosier/The Whig-Standard)

The birth defects and developmental disabilities that result from FASD are caused by drinking alcohol during pregnancy.

While Health Canada states there are more than 300,000 people currently living with FASD in the country, some advocates say the actual amount is substantially higher due to widespread ignorance about the condition among physicians who misdiagnose the disorder, as well as biological mothers who fear the stigma that might result from admitting they drank alcohol during their pregnancies.

A scarcity of clinics where children suspected of having FASD can be officially diagnosed compounds the problem. The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto closed the doors of its FASD clinic last March, citing a lack of resources needed to run the specialized neurodevelopmental assessment clinic.

When it comes to the school system, FASD, at least until recently, has been flying well under the radar.

A search on the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board website returns more than a dozen hits when the search term autism is used. Searches for Down syndrome and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) also return some results, but type either fetal alcohol syndrome disorder or FASD into that same search box and the response is “no results found.”

Last year, the provincial government announced it would be investing $26 million over four years to expand support for children, youth and their families and caregivers affected by FASD.

The provincial FASD strategy will include creating an online hub for teachers and parents, hiring more than 50 FASD workers across the province, fund research as well as containing an FASD prevention component.

Maryann Post, a member of a local FASD advocacy group, said she’s concerned the money being spent may not only be not enough to properly address the problem, but the funds that are being spent could be put to better use.

Post is all too familiar with having to advocate for someone suffering from FASD.

Post and her partner adopted two children from the Children’s Aid Society in 2008, one of which they later found suffered from FASD.

At only four years of age, her newly adopted daughter was also already showing signs of combative behaviour.

“Our daughter was an aggressive and violent person,” Post said. “She would hit her teachers and she would hit her peers.”

By the time she was eight, her behaviour had increased along with her educational demands. She began to self-harm as well as threaten the lives of others.

“Despite her throwing crayons at teachers and telling them where to go and biting and kicking and carrying on, they just looked at her as being a defiant child.”

Post said it’s important to understand FASD is not a behavioural disability, but a physical disability much like a person affected by an acquired brain injury.

Five years later, in 2013, Post was finally able to get the needed supports for her child in place. Now in Grade 8, she is doing well and set for her first year in high school next year.


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EFAN Monthly Meeting Notice

Date: April 03, 2018

Time: 8:30 am Supports/Services And 9:30 Society Meeting

Location:  10320 146 St NW

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April 2018- EFAN Monthly Meeting – Agenda Items


Students with an FASD often struggle in the classroom, but teachers with an understanding of this learning disorder are often able to help immensely. By MOFAS org

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