Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and the Family

On October 23, 2011, The Daily Herald published an article about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.  The article focuses on the challenges of living with and parenting a child with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder or Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.  One family discussed that Art Therapy has been beneficial for their child as it helps children with FASD or FAS improve communication between the left and right sides of the brain.

Furthermore, the article highlights certain prevention and education programs within DuPage County and Illinois:

“•Illinois is the first state in the country to require FASD instruction in sex education classes.

• In DuPage County, State’s Attorney Robert Berlin is heading an FASD Task Force aimed at creating a system to provide mental health screening for all youthful offenders for symptoms of FASD.

• All county clerks are supposed to provide a pamphlet describing the cause and effects of fetal alcohol syndrome to couples seeking marriage licenses.”

FASD and FAS is a preventable disability.  For more resources concerning Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, and/or the effects of alcohol during pregnancy, please visit The FASD Center for Excellence.

The Birt Group, Inc. will be offering art therapy services as part of our holistic approach to addiction counseling in the near future.


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