Research

What FASD is from a research perspective

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. You’ve heard what FASD is from both individual and caregiver perspectives. Now we’d like to share what FASD is from a research perspective. The definition of FASD Historically, FASD was hard to define because researchers and clinicians were […]

Diagnosing People with FASD using Telehealth

Background Researchers have shown that obtaining a formal FASD diagnosis can benefit individuals and their families. Benefits include access to treatment, knowledge of challenges and strengths, and information on potential secondary outcomes. Despite these benefits, the diagnostic process is rarely a positive experience for individuals and families and may cause significant stress. Geographical location in […]

Choline supplements in young children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder have lasting cognitive benefits

NIAAA-funded scientists report that early life dietary choline supplements improve some of the cognitive and behavioral symptoms associated with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) four years after treatment ended. The results of this study suggest that choline treatment during an important time window during early childhood can alter brain development in a way that produces lasting therapeutic […]

Issue Paper: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Adversity

Issue Prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) can cause a range of brain- and body-based difficulties, including a heightened sensitivity to stress. Many individuals with FASD also tend to face high levels of environmental adversity throughout their lives, such as experiences that are stressful, harmful, and/or traumatic. The combination of brain-based stress sensitivity along with chronic adverse experiences can create […]

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Caregivers

A member of the CanFASD Family Advisory Committee recently had the opportunity to participate in a research program that gave caregivers of individuals with FASD the skills to better manage the challenges and stresses of their daily lives using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). The goal of the research project was to measure the impact […]

FASD and Child Welfare

CanFASD recently release a new issue paper exploring Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and child welfare in Canada. Below is a short summary of this paper. Issue In Canada, individuals with FASD are overrepresented in the child welfare system. Conservative estimates suggest that the prevalence rates for children in care are at minimum 3-11%. This […]

Review of Transition Planning Tools for Youth with FASD in Canada

Background 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 […]

3 Evidence Based Strategies and Programs to Support Students with FASD

CanFASD pulled together 3 programs and strategies from recent research that are designed to support students with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) to succeed in our education system. 1. Metacognitive Strategies Research released in March of 2019 finds that “co-creation” of metacognitive strategies can be an effective approach to support learning and self-regulation in individuals […]

Developmental assessment at 9 months of age can predict fetal alcohol syndrome

1. In this prospective cohort study, infants underwent developmental and dysmorphologic assessments at various times throughout early life. Researchers found that starting at 9 months of age, the total dysmorphology score was able to discriminate between children with and without a diagnosis of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) at age 5. 2. Significant differences in […]

Doctoral Students Earn National Awards For Alcohol-Related Research

Two doctoral students in behavioral neuroscience have received prestigious NIH National Research Service Awards from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). The grant awards — each about $60,000 — will enable Siara Rouzer and Andrew Vore to support their dissertation research, fund travel, equipment and supplies, and take part in professional development. […]