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.
- Identify the symptoms and red-flag indicators of FASD.
- Define ACEs and other postnatal adversities.
- Delineate the role of FASD in exposure to ACEs.
- List screening and intervention implications of FASD and ACEs as it relates to OT.
- Identify recent research findings and illustrative case studies.
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.
Course Instructor: Jerrod Brown, PhD
Learning Assessment: Objective post-test
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