Nofasd Australia - The Loop - Issue #42b

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The staff and family support team at NOFASD Australia understand the feelings of isolation sometimes experienced by families living withFASD. Whilst we are unable to provide direct assistance such as treatment or legal services we do provide confidential telephone and email support to individuals living with FASD and their parents, carers, family members & service providers. If you are seeking referral information to diagnostic and related supports throughout the country or would like the opportunity to share your experience or concerns with our staff or family support person please contact us on 1300 306 238 or email [email protected]

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We would like to take this opportunity to wish June Oscar the very best of luck for tomorrow night in her nomination for Australian of the Year Awards!

June has overseen the nation’s first study of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), discovering that her community has one of the highest rates of permanent brain damage from maternal alcohol abuse in the world. With remarkable strength and an extraordinary commitment to collaboration, June has brought about constructive discussion between often conflicting groups to support Indigenous families affected by FASD, and to build a safe and healthy future for the generations ahead of her.

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Back to School 2017 – some of our favourite resources for Parents/Carers & Teachers supporting children with FASD

Australian FASD Resource for Teachers. Read more



"A Parent’s Toolkit - School issues for students with disabilities" including tips on how to advocate for your child. Read more


Building belonging: A toolkit for early childhood educators on cultural diversity and responding to prejudice Read more


'Back to School' tips from Edmonton and area Fetal Alcohol Network Society. Read More

"Hey Teacher" is a great resource prepared by our friends at FASD-can in NZ that you might like to use or adapt for your use. Read more


Making and Keeping Friends. Read more


Sleep strategies for children with FASD. Read more


Executive functions are skills that everyone uses to organise and act on information. If your child has executive functioning issues she/he may struggle with some or all of the following skills. Read more


Practical strategies to help with Executive functioning issues such as self-monitoring, planning, task initiation and organization. Read more

Strategies to help children (and adults) who have weak emotional control.

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Children living withFASDoften get "stuck' with their thinking - they have difficulty shifting their thoughts & emotions, making transitions and may perseverate. Here are some strategies that might help. Read more


Effective Strategies for Information-Processing & Memory Difficulties for classroom and home. Read more


Behavioural Symptoms & Accommodations for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. Read More


Ten tips to help your child follow directions. Read more


A great strategy from a Mum that helped teach her child about personal space. Read more


A great tip to try if your child has difficulty waiting for their turn to speak. Read more


Some strategies to help deal with stress when it becomes overwhelming.

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Strategies that educators can use for managing the classroom environment to support learners with FASD.


Educators are front-line workers who can make or break children with FASD. This excellent 5 minute video provides information that will ensure more positive outcomes for everyone.

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FASD specific workshops and webinars

Global Alcohol Policy Conference October 4-6th 2017 Melbourne – Abstract submission deadline February 5. There is a FASD stream! Read more


7th international Conference on FASD March 1-4 2017 Vancouver – Pleasing to see so many Australian presenters! Further information & registration here


If you have missed any of the recent FASD webinars presented by NOFASD Australia, they are now available for viewing online. NOFASD Webinars

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For Service Providers


New publication from World Health Organisation: Prevention of harm caused by alcohol exposure in pregnancy. Rapid review and case studies from Member States (2016)


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An excellent new FASD Training Video uploaded by National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS) The presenter is Dr. Larry Burd, highly respected and experienced Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University Of North Dakota School Of Medicine. Dr Burd is also the Director of the North Dakota Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Center and FAS Clinic. Watch Video

Webcast: Trauma Informed Care using a neurorelational framework - an evidenced based, innovative approach to understanding FASD and guiding interventions. Watch here


Podcast: "Value of Occupational Therapy for Individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders". Watch here


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Results of a new study suggest that anti-inflammatory agents may be effective in treatment of FASD

Royal commission told foetal alcohol disorder and hearing loss contributing to incarceration.

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Editors Note: NOFASD Australia stress the importance of prenatal alcohol exposure being assessed as a substantial clinical risk factor for a range of comorbid health conditions that includes chronic serous otitis media. Read more


Don't miss reading the first edition of Telethon Kids Institute Make FASD History newsletter for the latest overview of the comprehensive research program they are undertaking with the many diverse communities in the Kimberley & Pilbara regions of WA. Read More

Pubs lose fight for return of mid-strength booze in Halls Creek, Fitzroy Crossing!

Thanks to all in our network who supported the petition - this is a great outcome for our friends at Marninwarntikura Women's Resource Centre and especially the children and families they support. Read more


New research recently released in the scientific journal Addiction provides further evidence that alcohol marketing is associated with youth consumption. The Australian National Alliance for Action on Alcohol (NOFASDAustralia are members) and FARE Australia are keen to use this as an opportunity to continue to promote the #BoozeFreeSport campaign and call for the phasing out of sport sponsorship. Read more

Editor’s note: NOFASD Australia believe there also needs to be greater awareness of studies revealing that children are also impacted & have similar outcomes when exposed to parental alcohol use so role modelling is equally important



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