Research

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. […]

Targeting specific signaling pathway could provide new avenue for treating fetal alcohol syndrome

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders are an array of conditions that can occur in a person whose mother consumed alcohol during pregnancy. Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), the most severe of these conditions, often results in physical abnormalities, behavioral development issues and intellectual disabilities. Researchers at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine have discovered that targeting […]

Which Drug Is Actually The Most Harmful?

If someone asked you to bet on which drug is actually the most harmful, which one would you pick? Fentanyl, a drug 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine – so powerful, even, that it can cause an overdose in a single breath? Or crack cocaine, with nasty side effects that include paranoia, organ failure, seizure, and death? The correct answer is […]

Researcher to study Canada’s success in preventing fetal alcohol spectrum disorder

It takes a village to raise a child and an entire community to support pregnant women to grow healthy babies, says one University of Queensland researcher. This researcher is to study Canada’s success in preventing fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). Associate Professor Deborah Askew’s newly awarded Churchill Fellowship will allow her to learn from urban […]

Conversation boosts honesty over drinking in pregnancy, study finds

A “conversational approach” is the most successful way of encouraging honest disclosure of drinking habits by pregnant women, a new study says. This contrasts with previous research that had recommended midwives should use formal screening tools, such as structured questionnaires. The new study, from Stirling and Edinburgh universities, said it was important to build trust. […]