Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Resources

On September 15, the CDC-funded Mountain Plains FASD Practice and Implementation Center (PIC) (University of Nevada, Reno and the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA)) conducted a train-the-trainer event for medical assistants and those involved in medical assistance education programs to promote practices to prevent prenatal alcohol exposure, including alcohol screening and brief intervention. The Mountain Plains PIC also held a steering committee meeting the same day. The meetings were in conjunction with AAMA’s annual conference in Reston, VA. CDC representative Elizabeth Dang also joined the meetings.

In recognition of September as FASD Awareness Month, Tom Gellhaus, MD, current President of American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), wrote about prenatal alcohol exposure in his blog. “Setting the Record Straight on Drinking During Pregnancy” is in the September 14, 2016 posting of the President’s Blog, the official blog of ACOG’s President.

In recognition of September as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Month, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently announced some newly available resources for pediatricians as they work with children who exhibit the range of physical, mental, behavioral and/or learning problems associated with prenatal alcohol exposure.

5390-51677_product-1PediaLink: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders – Identification and Management
Early identification and care coordination improves outcomes for children and families affected by prenatal alcohol exposure. Learn about the frontline role that pediatric clinicians play in assessing children with neurocognitive and/or behavioral concerns, and those with physical findings suggestive of an FASD. The course Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders-Identification and Management is available through the American Academy of Pediatrics’ PediaLink online learning platform free of charge.

42682243-378e-4338-aac6-9778f9da5d4cArticle: Identification and care of children with prenatal alcohol exposure
The article Neurobehavioral Disorder Associated with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure (ND-PAE) (Pediatrics, October 2016) reviews the specific effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on the developing brain. The article supports pediatricians in the identification, diagnosis, and referral for children and adolescents affected by prenatal exposure to alcohol. Guidance to obtain an exposure history as well as tables summarizing possible differential diagnosis and commonly co-occurring conditions are included. Key findings from the article are available online through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Also included in the October 2016 issue of Pediatrics is a response commentary, Alcohol-Related Neurobehavioral Disabilities: Need for Further Definition and Common Terminology, to the ND-PAE article. The AAP FASD Toolkit, available at www.aap.org/fasd, offers additional support for pediatric medical home clinicians in the identification, diagnosis and/or referral of affected children.

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