Reaching Out After an FASD Diagnosis

Edmonton and area Fetal Alcohol Network Society

By FASD_Mum We all want to be ‘normal’. We want our kids to be loved. When things go wrong, our instincts are to put on a smile, pretend ‘there’s nothing to see here,’ and to brush past staring strangers. But sometimes that just doesn’t work anymore. This post is about our journey in reaching out […]

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NEW Adult Reproductive Life Plan

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NEW Adult Reproductive Life Plan

The Best Start Resource Centre is pleased to release My Reproductive Life Plan

This booklet is for adults who want to have children someday, but not right now.  It helps individuals understand how to protect their ability to have children, think about when to have children and how to have the healthiest baby possible when they are ready.

Topics include writing a reproductive life plan, physical health, sexual health, mental health, family health history, and next steps.

Click to download!

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Who coined the term “mocktail” anyway?

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Well, it just so happens that I bumped into an article from a 1983 issue of American Speech where the answer was to be found (please don’t ask how I seemed to be randomly browsing such an esoteric journal).

Philip Kolin says: The coinage mocktail appears for the first time, I believe, in an advertisement for Libbey Glass in Food Service Marketing (Feb. 1979, p. 76). According to that ad, mocktails “are a relatively new group of beverages prepared without any alcohol whatsoever.” Kolin comments that the ad was for a new line of mocktail glassware (I had no idea that glassware was so specialized – perhaps because most of mine was purchased at Ikea).

He further states, clearly with the air of someone who loves language: Mocktail is a clever invention. It humorously rhymes with cocktail, but has a semantically appropriate first…

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Dose-response effect of alcohol consumption during pregnancy and prenatal alcohol exposure: A brief review

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Sterling Clarren, MD., FAAP and Jocelynn L. Cook, PhD., MBA
Canada FASD Research Network

Issue:
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is the most common type of developmental disability worldwide. One of the most important unanswered questions in the field is “how much alcohol in pregnancy is too much?” or what is the “safe” amount of alcohol consumption in pregnancy. The question has been evaluated extensively in humans and in animal models and the answer is not simple unfortunately.

Background:
Whether one is studying drugs for treatment or environmental agents as toxins, the evaluation is done in terms of a “dose-response” which considers 1) the amount of the compound received (dose) and 2) the result (response). When working on the problem of dose-response of alcohol for FASD, both parts of the equation are complex.

Dose:
Generally, people do not know exactly how much alcohol they consume. Liquor and wine are generally…

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Misbeliefs and FASD

Edmonton and area Fetal Alcohol Network Society

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The FASD Network of Saskatchewan is sharing some misconceptions about FASD. Help spread awareness by sharing the facts with the people you know!

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder continues to be a disability that is not well-known. Despite being identified as a diagnosis for decades there continues to be contradicting information distributed to the public resulting in associated stigmas and misconceptions.

Through years of service the FASD Network of Saskatchewan has identified several false beliefs about FASD.

  • Belief:All people who have FASD have below-average IQ. THIS IS NOT TRUE. Some individuals may have below-average IQ, some have average or above-average IQ. Each individual is affected uniquely.
  • Belief: Individuals with FASD will outgrow their difficulties. THIS IS NOT TRUE. FASD is a lifelong disability.
  • Belief:The behaviour problems of an individual with FASD happen because of bad parenting. THIS IS NOT TRUE. The primary disabilities that accompany…

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