CanFASD Issue Papers
Gap Analysis: Human Trafficking and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (2023)
The purpose of this gap analysis is to describe what is known about human trafficking and FASD, identify complexities unique to FASD that can increase vulnerability to trafficking, and to provide research, policy, and practice recommendations.
Neurodiversity and FASD (2023)
The concept of neurodiversity is a relatively new phenomenon that represents the wide variety of differences among humanity. Although neurodiversity has been discussed in relation to other disabilities, increased attention is needed to better understand and consider how FASD can be part of neurodiversity. This issue paper describes the concept of neurodiversity, identifies some of the ways neurodiversity is discussed in the literature, and presents recommendations for considering FASD and neurodiversity.
Diagnostic Assessment of Preschoolers with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure (2023)
The purpose of this issue paper is to draw attention to the gap in research focused on FASD diagnosis in preschool aged children and to highlight the benefits of early diagnosis.
FASD and Suicidality: Rates and Associated Factors (2022)
The purpose of this paper is to describe the current evidence on rates of suicidality among individuals with FASD and to discuss potential demographic and biopsychosocial contextual factors that may be related to suicidality. Additionally, we provide recommendations for research, policy, and practice to better support individuals with FASD experiencing suicidality.
Broad Approaches to Psychotherapy for Individuals with FASD (2022)
Many individuals with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) experience challenges with their emotional wellbeing and mental health. Despite the significant need for supports, there is very little evidence on the use of psychotherapy with individuals with FASD. In this issue paper, we review the literature on psychotherapy broadly, and summarize the preliminary scientific and clinical anecdotal evidence to identify approaches and potential adaptations that may be used in psychotherapy to best support mental health and wellbeing for people with FASD.
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