Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term that refers to a wide range of life-long physical, cognitive, and behavioral effects that can occur as a result of prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE). Additionally, individuals with FASD often struggle with co-occurring substance use and mental health challenges and may benefit from modifications to treatment that take into consideration the cognitive, behavioral and adaptive functioning challenges that are common across the spectrum. This presentation will provide the attendee with a brief overview of FASD, information regarding assessment and diagnosis, and suggestions for ways to tailor treatment/intervention to support success.
- Develop a basic understanding of the impact of prenatal alcohol exposure on the developing brain
- Become familiar with the various diagnoses that make up the spectrum
- Identify “red flags” that point to the possible need for referral for assessment
- Reframe behavior utilizing a neurodevelopmental lens/brainstorm ideas for accommodations/tailoring treatment
About the speaker:
Dr. Joanne Sparrow is a clinical psychologist in private practice currently licensed in Washington and Colorado; she works primarily with adults who present with histories of complex trauma/post-traumatic stress disorder, mood and anxiety disorders, and substance use disorders. As part of her advocacy work on behalf of individuals with FASD and their families, Dr. Sparrow is president of FASD Focus NW (the Washington state affiliate of FASD United) and is an Executive Committee Member of FASD United.