A Unique Response to Offenders with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Perceptions of the Alexis FASD Justice Program – 2018

Despite our knowledge that individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) are over-represented and vulnerable in the justice system, there is a critical paucity of research related to supporting offenders with FASD. The Alexis FASD Justice Program (AFJP) is an innovative and multidisciplinary justice program in rural Alberta that uses

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An evaluation of the predictive validity of the SAVRY and YLS/CMI in justice-involved youth with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder [2018]

Despite the high prevalence of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in youth criminal justice settings, there is currently no research supporting the use of violence risk assessment tools in this population. This study examined the predictive validity of the Structured Assessment of Violence Risk in Youth (SAVRY) and the Youth

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Experiences of living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders: a systematic review and synthesis of qualitative data [2018]

Aim To identify and assess available evidence from qualitative studies exploring experiences of individuals living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) or those living with a child with FASD, as well as experiences of interventions aimed at supporting individuals with FASD and their families. Method A systematic literature search was

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Factors predictive of a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder diagnosis: Parent and teacher ratings [2018]

Diagnostic assessment in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is informed by multidisciplinary assessment incorporating objective (i.e., test measures) and subjective means, such as parent and teacher behavior ratings. The purpose of this study was to extend our previous neuropsychological test findings by identifying parent and teacher ratings of academic achievement,

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FASD and a Parent’s Perspective of Raising Children Affected by FASD and Access to Services – 2015-11-18

Challenges of accessing appropriate and sustainable supports and services for adults at the higher end of the FASD, i.e. ARND (Alcohol Neurological Disability) and how this sets the stage for involvement with the criminal justice system, homelessness and other poor social outcomes. FASD and a Parent’s Perspective of Raising Children Affected by

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FASD and the Criminal Justice System – A Poor Fit – 2015-11-17

People with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder are over-represented in the justice system. This session will describe the disability and emerging effective approaches which include collaboration across systems. An overview of activities in Ontario will be shared along with current provincial and federal initiatives. A video of people sharing their stories will be

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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD): Knowledge, attitudes, experiences and practices of the Western Australian youth custodial workforce [2018]

Background Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a condition caused by prenatal alcohol exposure and characterised by lifelong physical, behavioural and cognitive abnormalities. Primary disabilities, such as impairment in memory, attention, cognition, language, executive function, and adaptive function, can lead to young people with FASD becoming engaged with the justice

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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Justice Related Services

The webinar will begin with a primer on FASD to help explain why the disability disproportionately intersects with justice-related services. It will outline results from the survey and recommendations from the Call to Action. The speakers will discuss suggested strategies for ensuring that Ontario is providing effective justice-related FASD supports

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Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and youth justice: a prevalence study among young people sentenced to detention in Western Australia

Objectives To estimate the prevalence of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) among young people in youth detention in Australia. Neurodevelopmental impairments due to FASD can predispose young people to engagement with the law. Canadian studies identified FASD in 11%–23% of young people in corrective services, but there are no data

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Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder: diminished responsibility and mitigation of sentence – 2018

Objective: The objective of this study was to consider the implications of a recent Western Australia Court of Appeal decision in which an indigenous youth who had been sentenced for the manslaughter of his neonate child was later diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder. Conclusion: The increased use of the

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GoFAR: improving attention, behavior and adaptive functioning in children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders: Brief report [2018]

Objective: This brief report describes the GoFAR intervention designed to improve attention, behavior, and adaptive functioning in children with FASD, ages 5 to 10 years. Methods: Thirty children were randomized to one of three conditions: GoFAR; FACELAND, and CONTROL; 25 completed the interventions. Over 10 sessions children and caregivers learned

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Prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in 4 US Communities – 2018-02-06

Key Points Question How common are fetal alcohol spectrum disorders in the United States? Findings In this cross-sectional study of 13 146 first-grade children in 4 regions of the United States surveyed between 2010 and 2016, the most conservative prevalence estimate for fetal alcohol spectrum disorders ranged from 11.3 to 50.0

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Responding to FASD: what social and community service professionals do in the absence of diagnostic services and practice standards [2018]

Purpose The purpose of this paper is to ascertain the experiences and practices of social and community service professionals working with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) or suspected FASD in New Zealand. Design/methodology/approach The research examined professionals’ empirical experience of working with FASD or suspected FASD. In total, 21 participants

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Special Populations Primer: Acquired Brain Injury and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

To provide an overview of acquired brain injuries and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and how individuals experiencing these conditions come into contact with the justice system. Across Ontario, many Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committees (HSJCCs) work with these populations and the aim of this webinar is to make the

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Stakeholder perspectives on the stigma of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder [2018]

Background: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a condition afflicting children born to women who consumed alcohol during pregnancy that can lead to secondary disabilities including cognitive and social deficits. Both, children with FASD, and their biological mothers, are targets of FASD stigma. This study seeks to identify stereotypes, prejudice,

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Stigma as a dominant discourse in fetal alcohol spectrum disorder [2018]

Purpose The purpose of this paper is to conduct a scoping review of the literature to explore the many ways stigma affects people with FASD and to highlight the disciplines and places where discourse on FASD and stigma is taking place. Design/methodology/approach Searches were conducted in PubMed, ERIC, Family &

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The Implementation of the 2012 Mental Health Strategy for Canada Through the Lens of FASD – 2018

It is the current authors’ perspective that the successful implementation of Changing Directions, Changing Lives, which seeks to improve mental health and well-being in Canada, cannot be realized effectively without considering FASD. Given that 94% of individuals with FASD also have mental disorders, practitioners in the mental health system are

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The Standardization of Diagnostic Criteria for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD): Implications for Research, Clinical Practice and Population Health – 2018

Objective: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a preventable disorder caused by maternal alcohol consumption and marked by a range of physical and mental disabilities. Although recognized by the scientific and medical community as a clinical disorder, no internationally standardized diagnostic tool yet exists for FASD. Methods and Results: This

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Who’s challenging who training for staff empathy towards adults with challenging behaviour: cluster randomised controlled trial [2018]

Background One in five adults with intellectual disabilities (ID) known to services display challenging behaviours (CBs), and these individuals are at risk for restrictive practices and poor care. Staff attitudes may contribute to the development and/or maintenance of CBs. We investigated the effectiveness of co‐produced Who’s Challenging Who? training delivered

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