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If you are parenting or caring for an individual that may have been exposed to alcohol before they were born, you know what a struggle it can be.  So many times learning, behavior, and sensory issues can be overwhelming.  We can help, and the place to start is Frontier Community Services' (FCS) Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) program. Frontier Community Services  
FCS is fortunate to have access to a Developmental and Behavioral Specialist, Philip Mattheis, MD. Dr. Mattheis travels to Alaska every month to hold week long-long clinics with us. He works with all kinds of disabilities and has special expertise in FASD, Down Syndrome and children who have experienced emotional trauma. He is a great resource for families, seeing children on an ongoing basis, following their development and helping parents and caregivers brainstorm strategies for behavioral and learning interventions, and to watch for emerging issues as children move through different stages of learning and growth.
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The FASD program has a great diagnostic clinic that is one of the top in the State.  We use a team approach that includes experts in medicine, psychology, speech, occupational therapy, and physical therapy.  So, when we do assessments, we get an excellent overview of how a person's brain works, how they learn, what they struggle with, and what their strengths are.  The team also includes a coordinator and a parent advocate, both who are available to help families through the process and to help connect families with available resources in the community.  Diagnosis is an important tool in helping parents raise children with FASD, in planning for education, transition to adulthood, and work-life.

Referrals can be made to the FASD Program Coordinator, 262-6331.

   
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Members of the diagnostic team provide various types of training. State certified FASD 101 (basics of the disability) and FASD 201 (developing interventions) trainers are available at no charge for local trainings, and statewide at the cost of travel and housing. Educational opportunities can be scheduled for students, teachers, professionals, families, and community-members. Nationally recognized speakers are frequently brought in to provide enhanced training and education.

 

   
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Frontier Community ServicesFrontier Community ServicesFCS has a library of excellent resources available in the FASD program office.  There are many books and videos on prevention and intervention for FASD and secondary disabilities, plus journal articles, CD-ROMs, and educational brochures. 

   
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Frontier Community Services State FASD Office  907-465-3033 Frontier Community Services
State FASD Website www.hss.state.ak.us/fas
National Office on FAS www.nofas.org
Deb Evensen www.fasalaska.com
   
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