ADDING MEDICATION TO FASD TREATMENT PLANS

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Recent research from CanFASD, the national Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) research network in Canada, has developed guidelines for clinicians to follow when prescribing medications to people with FASD (Mela et al., 2020). An expert panel, guided by previous research, developed an algorithm which aims to streamline medication prescription and prevent the negative effects of […]

AUSTRALIAN FOUNDATIONS IN FASD COURSE

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The Australian Foundations in FASD Course This International FASD Awareness Day we are excited to announce the launch of the Australian Foundations in FASD Online Course! NOFASD, in partnership with CanFASD, are proud to launch the Australian Foundations in FASD online learning opportunity. This course is an evidence-based, interactive online learning resource consisting of 7 […]

REFLECTIONS ON THE GRADUATE CERTIFICATE

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Applications are now open for the 2021 intake of the Graduate Certificate in the Diagnosis and Assessment of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) run through the University of Western Australia (UWA). This year the online program will be offered nationally and internationally to clinicians with a background in psychology, speech pathology, social work, occupational therapy, […]

WHEN WE DON’T CALL IT THERAPY

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The following blog was written by Elizabeth Hannah of Black Horse Therapies. Her reflections on how we label therapeutic work with young people can be applied to all therapies, including therapy with animals, and may benefit many living with FASD.  Unfortunately, coronavirus health precautions mean accessing therapy is more difficult at this time. However, Equine […]

FASD RESOURCES FOR EDUCATORS

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Teachers play a critical role in facilitating positive learning and life outcomes for students with FASD. These children do not respond to traditional instructions or classroom management techniques, and while many children with FASD have average or high intelligence, they also have complex needs which impact many aspects of the school environment. Behaviours and challenges […]

CORONER’S INQUEST

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The following is an overview of the findings on 13 tragic deaths of young people in Western Australia. The contents may be distressing to some readers. A 373 page report detailing the Inquest into the deaths of thirteen children and young people in the Kimberley Region of Western Australia was delivered in February 2019, following […]

DIGITAL PASSES – FASD WEB SERIES FOR PARENTS AND PROFESSIONALS

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*UPDATE: NOFASD Australia was able to negotiate 20 scholarships enabling parents and carers to access this web series for free. NOFASD’s digital passes were provided to foster, adoptive and birth parents of children, youth and adults living with FASD. These parents said they are hoping to gain increased understanding of their children’s experiences, a deeper […]

FREE FASD TRAINING COURSE

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NOFASD Australia, with permission from CanFASD, have now launched the Australian Foundations in FASD online course. This course is 30 to 40 evidence-based, interactive online learning resource, consisting of 7 individual modules. The modules take around 20 minutes each and a downloadable certificate of completion is provided. This course was developed using the CanFASD model, […]

FASD AND SEXUALITY

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Earlier this year CanFASD released an issue paper on FASD and Inappropriate Sexual Behaviour. The paper highlights the needs of individuals with FASD for adequate support in developing healthy sexual behaviours and relationships. Due to individual differences in learning and cognition it can take longer for people with FASD to understand norms and boundaries around […]

FASD Developing Awareness and Practice Education Day

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NOFASD Australia collaborated with the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) to deliver a successful training day last Tuesday. The FASD Developing Awareness and Practice Education Day was a pilot program developed to introduce FASD to the occupational therapy school at USC. In addition to the OT students and staff, some psychology students and one […]

NEW WEBINAR FOR OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS

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We are pleased to announce the addition of a new webinar to our website. Created by NOFASD’s National Projects Officer Jessica Hannan, this webinar was developed to assist occupational therapists to understand the challenges that children with FASD and their families face. The webinar: • Provides an outline of FASD, • Identifies the impacts of […]

RED SHOES ROCK

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FASD Awareness Day : : : September 9th looms. The 9th day of the 9th month is now globally acknowledged as International FASD Awareness Day. Representing the 9th day of the 9th month to symbolise the length of a pregnancy the event can be marked in many ways. This year NOFASD Australia is following the RedShoesRock […]