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Part I: Improving Outcomes for Families Affected by Prenatal Alcohol Exposure
February 22 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Join NCSACW and Dr. Ira J. Chasnoff for a two-part session on improving outcomes for families affected by prenatal alcohol exposure. Other than tobacco, alcohol remains the most commonly used substance during pregnancy. Prenatal alcohol exposure has stronger long-term effects on child growth, behavior, cognition, and achievement than other substances.
The first session covers:
-Identification of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) during birth and early childhood
-Strategies to assist parents or caregivers with children affected by prenatal alcohol
-How Plans of Safe Care (POSC) can link parents to services and supports
-Examples of screening tools
Dr. Chasnoff will share his experiences and lessons learned while working with families affected by prenatal alcohol exposure in the second sessionâ€”which also offers a chance to ask questions and share ideas.
Presenter: Ira J. Chasnoff, MD â€“ President, NTI Upstream, Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, University of Illinois College of Medicine
Dr. Ira J. Chasnoff is one of the nationâ€™s leading researchers in the field of child development and the effects of maternal alcohol and drug use on the newborn infant, child, and adolescent. His research projects include multiple studies of the long-term cognitive, behavioral and educational developmental effects of prenatal exposure to alcohol, marijuana, and illicit drugs; strategies for screening pregnant women for substance use; the effects on birth outcome of prenatal treatment and counseling for pregnant women who misuse or abuse alcohol and other drugs; innovative treatment approaches for children affected by prenatal exposure to alcohol or illicit drugs, and effective policy development that benefits children, families, and society as a whole. Since 2002, Dr. Chasnoff has been leading cutting edge research into innovative treatment for children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).