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ASIST/Specialized Permanency Webinar
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders from a Trauma Lens -
In child welfare, we see high rates of children who have been prenatally exposed to alcohol and drugs along with high levels of in-utero stress, which can have a significant impact on a child’s brain development. Although fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) are twice as common as autism, this disorder often goes undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. In foster care alone, 86.5% of the time the diagnosis is missed. Children and adolescents with an FASD have invisible brain injuries and typical parenting, therapeutic and educational strategies can create more problems than they solve. Understanding the brain based reasons for children's learning and behavioral challenges is the key to supporting these children and adolescents.

Presenter Bio -
Barb Clark works at the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) as a Training Specialist. She is a parent to children through adoption and is passionate about helping professionals and parents avoid the making the many mistakes she made before she understood the impact trauma has on the brain. She is committed to improving the education and lives of individuals who were prenatally exposed to drugs and alcohol and other forms of trauma. She uses humor and real life experiences to help professionals and parents challenge the use of traditional strategies and to push them to think outside of the box when training on a variety of topics including trauma-responsive strategies, post placement/adoption support, and her personal passion, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. She graduated from the University of Minnesota, but has learned more from her kids than she ever did in college as well as from her career in working with at-risk youth prior to starting her family.

May 18, 2022 09:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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