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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Its Connection to Trauma

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Jerrod Brown, PhD


Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Its Connection to Trauma

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a group of conditions precipitated by prenatal exposure to alcohol. This neurodevelopmental condition can be characterized by a diverse array of impairments including cognitive (e.g., memory), social (e.g., verbal and nonverbal communication), and adaptive functioning (e.g., decision making). Complicating matters, the symptoms of FASD place an individual at risk for adversities across the lifespan such as adverse childhood experiences (ACEs; e.g., neglect, abuse, and exposure to violence). The experience of trauma from ACEs can result in new neurological deficits or amplify the severity of existing FASD-related symptomatology. As such, the identification of children with FASD is imperative not only to address the symptoms of the disorder but also to help prevent the emergence of any secondary conditions such as exposure to ACEs. Intended for professionals, this 2-hour training is designed to increase recognition of FASD and the consequences of ACEs. Other relevant topics considered include postnatal adversities, executive function, emotion regulation, theory of mind, attachment theory, HPA axis, substance use, self-harm, and sleep problems. The presenter also discusses implications for screening and intervention.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify the symptoms and red-flag indicators of FASD.
  2. Define ACEs and other postnatal adversities.
  3. Delineate the role of FASD in exposure to ACEs.
  4. List screening and intervention implications of FASD and ACEs as it relates to OT.
  5. Identify recent research findings and illustrative case studies.

Course Information

  • Target Audience: intermediate- to advanced-level OTs, COTAs, and other pediatric professionals
    Note: While many professionals may benefit from the course content, we can only guarantee acceptance of continuing education credit as described in the following CEU section.
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  • Course Instructor: Jerrod Brown, PhD
  • CE Broker course code: 20-851585

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

AOTA-Approved Provider Program Sensational Brain LLC is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. PD activity ID# 03079. This distance-learning, independent format is offered at 0.2 CEUs, Intermediate Level, OT Service Delivery. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

Photo of Jerrod Brown, PhD, Sensational Brain Presenter

Jerrod Brown, PhD, is a professor, trainer, researcher, and consultant with multiple years of experience teaching collegiate courses. He is also the founder and CEO of the American Institute for the Advancement of Forensic Studies and the Editor-in-Chief of Forensic Scholars Today. Jerrod has also provided consultation services to a number of caregivers, professionals, and organizations on topics related to Autism Spectrum Disorder; Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder; confabulation, suggestibility, trauma, and other life adversities; traumatic brain injury; and youth firesetting. He has completed four separate master’s degree programs and holds graduate certificates in Autism Spectrum Disorder, Other Health Disabilities, and Traumatic-Brain Injuries. Jerrod has also conducted over 200 workshops, webinars, and on-demand trainings for various organizations and professional and student audiences. In 2021, Jerrod completed a post-doctoral certificate in Leadership and Organizational Strategy from Walden University and a Professional Certificate in Forensic Psychology from San Diego State University Global Campus. Currently, He is pursuing a graduate certificate in Neuropsychology from Ball State University with an anticipated date of graduation of fall 2022. Jerrod has published several articles and book chapters and recently co-edited Forensic Mental Health: A Source Guide for Professionals (Brown & Weinkauf, 2018) with Erv Weinkauf, MA. Jerrod is also regularly featured on several national and international podcast programs.


  • Financial: Jerrod Brown receives a speaking fee from Sensational Brain LLC. He is compensated for his position as CEO of the American Institute for the Advancement of Forensic Studies and receives royalties as a co-editor of Forensic Mental Health: A Source Guide for Professionals.
  • Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

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