Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) are a group of disorders caused by prenatal alcohol exposure. FASDs affect the mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical health of Native American children, families, and communities, due to the lifelong consequences of disorders such as Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Alcohol-Related Neurodevelopmental Disorder. FASDs are 100% preventable by avoiding alcohol during pregnancy, but prevention presents a challenge to Native American communities due to the high prevalence of risk factors like binge-drinking in the family, intergenerational trauma, and violence.

A Practical Native American Guide for Professionals Working with Children, Adolescents, and Adults with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
This manual provides an overview of FAS and FASD and attendant culturally appropriate guidelines for professionals working with individuals with an FASD. It is organized by specific domains in chronological order that are addressed by professionals. This work was supported by an IHS grant and administered through the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board.

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Robin A. LaDue, Ph.D.
Published: 2000, Rockville, MD, Indian Health Service

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Model of Care
Presented by the Western Australian Department of Health, the FASD Model of Care addresses FASD prevention through clinical and population health strategies. This guide also presents a special look at FASD prevention in Aboriginal Australian communities, and may be of use to professionals who work with Native Americans.

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Department of Health, Western Australia.
Published: 2010, Perth, Western Australia

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: Guidelines for Referral and Diagnosis
This guideline covers diagnostic and referral frameworks for identifying individuals with fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). A discussion of appropriate services for individuals with FAS is also included.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, and Division of Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Prevention Team, July 2004

Recognizing Alcohol-Related Neurodevelopmental Disorder (ARND) in Primary Health Care of Children
This document is a consensus statement from the Interagency Coordinating Committee on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. This document focuses specifically on alcohol-related neurodevelopmental disorder, which is one of the diagnoses that can be made under the umbrella category of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.

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Reducing Alcohol Exposed Pregnancies: A Report of the National Task Force on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Effect
This collaborative report presents the evidence-base for interventions and policies that help prevent alcohol exposed pregnancies. The report can help researchers and practitioners who are interested in developing prevention efforts to reduce alcohol exposed pregnancies.

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2009

Planning and Implementing Screening and Brief Intervention for Risky Alcohol Use
Presented in an easy to read, step-by-step guideline, this document helps primary care teams create a plan to adopt screening and brief intervention (SBI) practices for the purpose of identifying and treating individuals with risky drinking behaviors.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, 2014