Research evaluates prenatal care providers’ understanding of alcohol exposure and screening practices

Screening for alcohol use during pregnancy is a necessary first step in preventing FASD, but studies have suggested that primary care providers do not screen consistently and can be hesitant to follow up with women who report drinking. New research published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research has evaluated midwives’ and nurse-midwives’ understanding of the risks of drinking in pregnancy, and their screening practice.

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What If We Gave Struggling Families as Much Support as Foster Parents?

When it comes to child welfare, social work experts and parents in B.C. say we’re investing in the wrong end of the system — pouring money into foster care instead of offering adequate support to vulnerable families, many of whom are Indigenous.

“We’re willing to give strangers just about anything to look after kids,” says Jeannine Carriere, a social work professor at the University of Victoria, who is Métis. “But we have this blockage when it comes to supporting families.” (Read more…)

Health Canada restricts the amount of alcohol in single-serve flavoured purified alcohol beverages

Flavoured purified alcoholic beverages, a new and growing class of beverages in Canada, pose an increasing public health risk to Canadians, particularly youth. These beverages are high in alcohol, containing as many as four standard alcoholic drinks in a single-serve container. They are often highly sweetened, which makes it very easy to unintentionally consume large amounts of alcohol in a very short period of time, potentially leading to serious alcohol-related harms. (Read more…)

Educating Students With FASD: Linking Policy, Research, and Practice

Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) experience a range of cognitive disabilities, including learning and intellectual disabilities. Therefore, they often require special education strategies and programs in schools. In this study, Millar and colleagues (2017) have conducted a literature search on the prevalence of FASD in school-aged children and the impact of FASD on learning, followed by an overview of policy and practice of special education strategies and programs in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada within last 18 years. (Read more…)

Corrections and connection to the community: A diagnostic and service program for incarcerated adult men with FASD

Adverse outcomes such as mental health issues, substance misuse, contact with the Justice system and incarceration can be associated with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). Due to their cognitive functioning deficits, adults with FASD may become involved with the judicial and correctional systems in Canada, which are not fully equipped to provide the services necessary for them. Corrections and Connection to the Community (3C) is an 18-month service program, studied by Brintnell and colleagues (2019). They looked at assessing, diagnosing and providing life-skills development training for adult male offenders with FASD who are being released to the community. (Read more…)

Intervention recommendations and subsequent access to services following clinical assessment for fetal alcohol spectrum disorders

Children with FASD and prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE, without a formal FASD diagnosis) require various interventions to address the challenges they face on a daily basis. This study by Pei et al., 2017, looks at differences in intervention recommendations for children with FASD and PAE (no FASD diagnosis), and access to these interventions. The researchers investigated specifically, which categories of interventions are most likely to be accessed and how accessibility relates to the recommendations given. They also looked at how the age of assessment for PAE, as well as adverse events/exposures prenatally or postnatally, might affect intervention recommendations. (Read more…)