2014 Webinar Series
This first webinar of 2014 provides the most up-to-date information on FASD, including elements of diagnosis and the view of the disorder as a spectrum. The webinar explains how basic neurobehavioral deficits - neurocognitive, self-regulation, and adaptive behaviors - are demonstrated in adolescent behavior. The presentation compares the expression of "normal" adolescent development (social, search for independence, consequences of behavior, executive functioning, etc.) with adolescent development in youth with FASD. Implications for self, family, and society are also discussed.
In this unique webinar, many questions are answered: How do adolescents with FASD function in the school setting? What are the implications for the schools in addressing the needs of adolescents with FASD? What resources do schools generally have? What resources needed by these youth go beyond what schools can provide? Are there classroom strategies teachers can use to address the needs of adolescents with FASD?
Physical and emotional sexual development is a complicated process for any adolescent. Those with FASD experience enhanced and significant difficulties when developing sexually. The presentation in this webinar explains how physical sexual development and emotional development mesh in the adolescent with FASD. This webinar also explains strategies for managing emerging sexuality in adolescents with FASD.
This webinar offers first-hand experience of parenting an adolescent with FASDs. The presentation, facilitated by Dr. Ira J. Chasnoff, features Carole Hurley, JD, an adoptive mother who is raising two adolescents with FASDs. Information includes how she handles day-to-day struggles, strategies for managing school work, social relationships, organizaing time, and where she goes to find assistance.
This webinar is especially geared to social workers and public health officials. Guest facilitator, Sid L. Gardner, President of Children and Family Futures, Inc., explores the issues that child welfare systems need to address to support adolescents with FASDs and their families. He examines how adolescents should be prepared for transition out of the child welfare system. Finally, he explains the policy issues that need to be addressed for welfare systems to provide appropriate services and support for adolescents with FASDs.
The United States has one of the highest stillbirth rates among developed nations of the world, affecting 26,000 newborns in this country each year. Now, a new study has been published that shows that marijuana use in pregnancy increases the risk of stillbirth 2.3 times. In addition, previous studies have demonstrated the impact of prenatal exposure to marijuana on the exposed child’s long-term executive functioning. This is all against a background of numerous states passing medical marijuana laws, and critical questions of how marijuana affects pregnancy must be raised. Do any of these laws that allow the medical use of marijuana or legalize marijuana altogether consider precautions that should be taken to warn pregnant women against its use? The answer is no. This webinar reviews the known effects of marijuana use on pregnancy and child outcome and discusses the policy implications for new and emerging medical marijuana legislation in states across the country.