The term Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) refers to a continuum of permanent birth defects caused by a mother’s drinking of alcohol during pregnancy that can be seen through neurological, cognitive, and behavior problems. Indeed, establishing the exact prevalence of FAS is very difficult due to the degree of underdiagnosis. Estimates suggest that at least one percent of the babies born in the United States suffer from FAS.
The instructor will explain how the developing fetus is affected by alcohol exposure. She will highlight the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on the behavior and development of young children and how it is expressed at different developmental stages.
Participants will learn how FAS is diagnosed and the importance of diagnosis in order to change attitudes and increase understanding that children with FAS are disabled not disobedient. How to meet the needs of children with FAS at the various stages of their life will be discussed. Treatment needs and considerations for children and their families, information and strategies for interventions and the practical wisdom will be provided.
Early registration before February 21, 2014: $105
Regular registration: $115