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Resources for Professionals


Prenatal alcohol exposure is a leading preventable cause of birth defects and developmental disabilities.[1] In-utero alcohol exposure can cause a wide range of effects known as fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). FASD can include physical, mental, behavioral, and learning disabilities with lifelong implications.[2] Health care providers have an important role to play in preventing alcohol-exposed pregnancies and FASD.  Providing screening, information, and support is equally as important during the preconception stage as it is during prenatal care in order to support planned, alcohol-free pregnancies.

 

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Workgroup on FASD Prevention has created an eModule on FASD for providers that is eligible for two CME credits. Visit this website to access the eModule and other videos and tools from ACOG.

 

[1] Shmulewitz D, Hasin D. Risk factors for alcohol use among pregnant women, ages 15-44, in the United States, 2002 to 2017. Preventive medicine. 2019;124:75-83.

[2] Moore EM, Riley EP. What happens when children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders become adults? Curr Dev Disord Rep. 2015;2(3):219-227.

Brochures & Fact Sheets

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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Center
Under the previously funded FASD Center for Excellence, SAMHSA developed a number of publications and resources that continue to be available.
American Academy of Pediatrics’ FASD Pediatric Toolkit
American Academy of Pediatrics’ FASD Pediatric Toolkit

The Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Toolkit was developed to raise awareness, promote surveillance and screening, and ensure that all affected children receive appropriate and timely interventions. This is a great resource for professionals and families.

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American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Resources
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Resources

This ACOG website* provides resources for women’s health care providers in identifying women who drink too much and in providing brief educational counseling to reduce or eliminate alcohol use.

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CDC Vital Signs for FASD
CDC Vital Signs for FASD

Alcohol and Pregnancy. Healthcare providers can help stop alcohol use in pregnancy with alcohol screening and brief counseling for all women.

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FASD-Related Curricula
FASD-Related Curricula

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Competency-Based Curriculum Development Guide for Medical and Allied Health Education and Practice. This guide will enhance the knowledge and skills of health care providers to recognize and prevent FASDs. It is for use in developing educational programs and materials. It is available free in both print and CD formats. FREE!

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Understanding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD): A Comprehensive Guide for Pre-K – 8 Educators
Understanding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD): A Comprehensive Guide for Pre-K – 8 Educators

This guide is designed for every educator (e.g., teachers, special education teachers, resource specialists, speech and language specialists, school nurses, psychologists, and occupational therapists) who works with K-8 elementary and middle school level students. The guide addresses the impact of prenatal exposure to alcohol and how it affects the K-8 grade student.

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Collaboratives for Alcohol-Free Pregnancy: Partnering for Practice Change in Prevention, Diagnosis and Care.
Collaboratives for Alcohol-Free Pregnancy: Partnering for Practice Change in Prevention, Diagnosis and Care.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Training And Resources. This resource has information for the following disciplines: Nurses, Social Workers, Famiily Medicine, OB/Gyn, Pediatricians, Medical Assistants

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Online Training Courses

 

Alcohol SBI Training for the Healthcare Professional

Alcohol SBI Training for the Healthcare Professional

This course has been designed for the healthcare professional in the provision of alcohol education, screening, and brief intervention (SBI) sometimes also referred to as SBIRT when referral to treatment is included, in the practice setting. The course lessons include alcohol and SBI educational materials, followed by a series of two exposures to the SBI interview encounter.
Interprofessional Care for a Person with FASD

Interprofessional Care for a Person with FASD

This course has been designed for the healthcare professional who is seeking training on how to work together as an interprofessional care team in the care of a person with any of the diagnoses under the umbrella term, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Pediatric and Maternity FASD Care Concepts for Family Physicians

Pediatric and Maternity FASD Care Concepts for Family Physicians

This course has been designed for the physician assistant in the identification and treatment of children and adolescents with any of the diagnoses under the umbrella term, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. This course will also include education in the care of women in prevention of FASD.
The Role of Occupational Therapy with FASD

The Role of Occupational Therapy with FASD

This course has been designed for the occupational therapist in working with individuals and families in the care and treatment of those individuals with any of the diagnoses under the umbrella term, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.
The Role of the Social Worker in Preventing, Identifying, and Treating FASD

The Role of the Social Worker in Preventing, Identifying, and Treating FASD

This course has been designed for the social worker in working with individuals and families in the prevention, identification and treatment of those individuals with any of the diagnoses under the umbrella term, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.
The Role of the Obstetrician/Gynecologist in the Prevention of FASD

The Role of the Obstetrician/Gynecologist in the Prevention of FASD

This course has been designed for the obstetrician/ gynecologist in their care of women and the prevention of alcohol-exposed pregnancies and conditions under the umbrella term fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).
The Role of Occupational Therapy with FASD

The Role of Occupational Therapy with FASD

This course has been designed for the occupational therapist in working with individuals and families in the care and treatment of those individuals with any of the diagnoses under the umbrella term, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.
The Role of the Social Worker in Preventing, Identifying, and Treating FASD

The Role of the Social Worker in Preventing, Identifying, and Treating FASD

This course has been designed for the social worker in working with individuals and families in the prevention, identification and treatment of those individuals with any of the diagnoses under the umbrella term, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.