Article Summary: Teaching Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder to Use Metacognitive Strategies.

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Background Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders experience diverse disabilities that are caused by cognitive impairments, attention and memory deficits, challenges in learning, communication and language. They also struggle with flexible thinking, decision-making, problem solving and working memory. Fortunately, with appropriate interventions, their attention, memory and learning skills can be significantly improved. ‘Metacognitive training interventions’ teach students to understand the … Read More

Article Summary: Prenatal Alcohol Screening During Pregnancy by Midwives and Nurses

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In order to prevent FASD, it is important for professionals who work with pregnant women, such as midwives and nurses, to properly screen for alcohol use, educate on the impact of alcohol use during pregnancy, and provide intervention support for pregnant women. The authors of this study surveyed 578 midwives, nurses, and nurse practitioners in the United States who provide … Read More

Provincial/Territorial Server Training- Information on Alcohol and Pregnancy

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Recently, a personal story has been circulating the internet regarding a post on the interactive social media news platform, Reddit. The story outlines a restaurant waiter in the United States who provided a customer with ‘virgin’ cocktails (i.e., without alcohol), when she ordered alcoholic beverages, as the waiter believed the woman was pregnant. In Canada, there is no law against … Read More

Introducing New CanFASD Board Members

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CanFASD would like to introduce two new members to our Board of Directors: Dr. David Brown and Mr. Darren Joslin. David Brown (PhD) is a former Research and Evaluation Director with the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba. He has also worked as a research scientist with both BC Mental Health and Addictions Services and with the Department of Family Medicine at … Read More

Highlight on Canadian FASD Service Providers: Nunavut- Piruqatigiit Resource Centre

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Piruqatigiit Resource Centre (Piruqatigiit) is a community based non-profit organization in Iqaluit, Nunavut, with comprehensive professional knowledge of and lived experience with FASD. They provide education, resources, programming and support for children, youth and adults with FASD and their loved ones. Piruqatigiit also provides FASD training for organizations to better support accessibility, equity and inclusion for people with suspected and … Read More

Article Summary: Exploring the contributions and suitability of relational and community-centered fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) prevention work in First Nation communities

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Background Evidence-based prevention programs are an important part of preventing future alcohol-exposed pregnancies, but there is currently limited evidence to support the effectiveness of these programs in rural communities. The researchers who conducted this study looked at how a program in Alberta, Canada, offering one-on-one mentoring and long-term home visits to rural and isolated First Nations communities, is suitable in … Read More

Article Summary: Understanding Contraceptive Behaviour to Prevent Unintended Alcohol-Exposed Pregnancies

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Background Sexually active individuals of reproductive age are particularly at risk of unplanned alcohol-exposed pregnancies if they frequently consume alcohol and ineffectively use and/or fail to use contraception. The authors of this study examined contraceptive use in university students in Australia who consume alcohol. The authors also wanted to determine students’ knowledge of contraception, reproduction, risk of alcohol use during … Read More

Highlight on Canadian FASD Service Providers: Saskatchewan Prevention Institute

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Submitted by: Maria Soonias Ali, Youth Action for Prevention Provincial Coordinator, Saskatchewan Prevention Institute The Saskatchewan Prevention Institute is a non-profit organization, founded in 1980. Our focus is to reduce the occurrence of disabling conditions in children using primary prevention methods. We are committed to working collaboratively to share evidence-based information, provide education and training, and build capacity across the province. The Prevention … Read More