Answering a Call to Action: Progress in FASD Intervention
In 2008, a national task force on FASD in the United States released a report entitled "A Call to Action." This report highlighted the vital need for action to advance essential services and research on FASD, including work to improve intervention. Seven years later, this call to action is being answered in many exciting ways.
What progress is being made in FASD intervention? Here is only some of what is happening in the USA right now!
- A "Treatment Improvement Protocol" (called "TIP #58") has been written called "Addressing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders." This is available (for FREE downloading) on the FASD Center for Excellence website: http://store.samhsa.gov/product/TIP-58-Addressing-Fetal-Alcohol-Spectrum-Disorders-FASD-/SMA13-4803
- An electronic book on the state-of-the-art of the field of FASD has been published, entitled: Prenatal Alcohol Use and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: Diagnosis, Assessment and New Directions in Research and Multimodal Treatment. Bentham Science Publishers, Bentham eBooks.
- Community-based dissemination of interventions tested in CDC-funded research is has been published:
- Children’s friendship skills groups
- Computer software that aims to improve executive function skills in young children
- Parent and child education groups designed to improve behavior regulation
- Positive parenting intervention: The Families Moving Forward Program
- Innovative new interventions are being tested in research funded by NIAAA and CDC
- Multimodal intervention for toddlers with FASD and their families
- Intervention to improve balance and motor skills in school-aged children with FASD
- Substance use treatment for adolescents and young adults with FASD
- Multimodal treatment, including mentoring, to help adolescents and young adults with FASD and their families
- Mindfulness software for adolescents with FASD at risk for secondary disabilities
- Nutritional supplementation for young children
- There are new ideas about "FASD-Informed Care," including on-line trainings about FASD and FASD consultation services
- CDC-funded FASD Practice Implementation Centers are doing education on FASD, including intervention, all over the USA
And there are now FASD intervention activities taking place all over the world!
- Conferences in countries such as Canada are being held to exchange information about FASD treatment strategies
- Intervention development is underway in USA, Canada, Australia, and Eastern and Western Europe, with exciting new ideas
For more information about what is happening in FASD intervention, visit the FASD Center for Excellence website, at http://www.fasdcenter.samhsa.gov/
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Where do I begin to tell this story? I honestly feel that I’ve been inspired and touched by each of the families affected with FASD with whom I’ve worked, and that each family has their own compelling story.