Issue Paper: FASD and Child Welfare

FASD is one of the most critical issues in child welfare, given the high vulnerability and increased prevalence of children with FASD in the child-care system. Social workers and health professionals are in the perfect position to ensure early diagnosis and intervention for children in the child welfare system, but these professionals may not have adequate knowledge and training to do so.

#FeatureFriday – Provincial FASD Awareness Surveys

This is how our study came to be. We realized there are a number of different tools and questions surveys use to try and measure the same thing: FASD awareness. We wanted to evaluate how effective these tools were in getting an accurate measurement of this concept.

Article Summary – How Personal Perspectives Shape Health Professionals’ Perceptions of FASD and Risk

Discussions with health and social service practitioners in New Zealand found that the non-clinical factors, such as personal experience and opinions, are influencing their professional practice in relation to FASD prevention and intervention. Consistent, evidence-based training programs for health professionals are sorely needed to improve FASD practice.

Article Summary – Review of Transition Planning Tools for Youth with FASD in Canada

The transition to adulthood can be a challenging experience for individuals with FASD because of the expectation of increased responsibility and independence in adulthood. The unique nature of FASD, coupled with the wide range of challenges individuals with FASD face and the lack of FASD specific services available, suggests that particular attention should be paid to the transition planning process for youth with FASD. 

Article Summary: The experiences of caregivers looking after individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Caregivers and families experience numerous and significant impacts in relation to understanding FASD, obtaining an FASD diagnosis, and managing and supporting individuals with FASD through their lifetime. A lack of understanding by health care and social service providers was considered a key barrier to accessing effective resources and supports. Improved training, resources, and FASD diagnostic guidelines for health care practitioners is essential for improving outcomes for individuals, caregivers, and families.

Issue Paper: The Efficacy of Warning Labels on Alcohol Containers for FASD Prevention

Organizations and countries around the world have developed a number of prevention strategies to reduce the prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Alcohol warning labels are becoming an increasingly common prevention strategy. However, research is mixed on whether this approach is an effective means of FASD prevention.

Article Summary: Neurocognitive functioning in young offenders with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Background Without proper support and intervention, individuals with FASD are at risk for adverse outcomes such as disrupted school experience, mental health issues, inappropriate behavior, substance use and involvement with the justice system. Along with neurocognitive impairment experienced by those with FASD, environmental factors such as neglect, abuse and poverty increase one’s risk of such […]

Article Summary: Experiences of living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: a systematic review and synthesis of qualitative data

There is limited research on caregivers’ experiences of raising children with FASD, and even fewer studies that focus on the lived experiences of individuals with FASD. Providing these individuals with opportunities to voice their perspectives on how they manage the challenges of daily life is important for understanding disability, and ultimately for improving supports and […]

Article Summary: Sleep Health Issues for Children with FASD: Clinical Considerations (2010)

Sleep issues in FASD have not received much attention in the research world. Problems with sleep for people with FASD may begin in early infancy and often persist into adulthood. Authors: James E. Jan, Kwadwo O. Asante, Julianne L. Conry, Diane K. Fast, Martin C. O. Bax, Osman S. Ipsiroglu, Elizabeth Bredberg, Christine A. Loock, […]

Article Summary: Housing Interventions for Homeless, Pregnant, and Parenting Women

Housing interventions for homeless, pregnant/parenting women with addictions: A systematic review  Journal: Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless Authors: Jessica Krahn, Vera Caine, Jean Chaw-Kent, and Ameeta Singh This article reviews the literature on the issues facing homeless women and examines whether housing interventions demonstrate an impact for homeless, pregnant/parenting women with addictions.  First, here […]