Spring 2016
FASD Education and Outreach Projects

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Education and Outreach Project Updates
Happy Spring to all our followers! We hope everyone is enjoying the sunshine and warmer weather. We continue to have many exciting opportunities coming up this year, including two new trainings... scroll down to learn more!


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FASD Education and Outreach Projects Team   

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This column features "Frequently Asked Questions" related to the prevention, identification and treatment of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders from our trainings, email or phone inquiries. With all of the conflicting information available on the web, we'll try hard to find experts to best answer your questions. You can email us directly (WTOP@fammed.wisc.edu), or call us (608-265-6392) with your questions.
QUESTION (from a parent):

If my son has not had issues with aggression yet - and is 12 years old now - are the odds high that aggression issues will arise later? Are FASDs and aggressive behavior often co-occurring?


In many (but not all) instances, aggression arises in response to anxiety or frustration.  Individuals with FASDs can be anxious and/or frustrated for many reasons.  Anxiety is a common characteristic of affected individuals of any age, and frustration can come from social or communication difficulties, from not being able to meet others' expectations, or simply from the realization that one is being treated differently than his or her peers. Most of the time aggression becomes apparent during school years, but it can come up any time a person hits a ceiling of his or her abilities - this often happens after transition to middle or high school, or when people move out of their original home and attempt to live independently.  At age 12, your son would likely have demonstrated some level of aggression by now if it was his way to respond to anxiety that is intrinsic to his personality.  Unfortunately he is not out of the woods however because challenges can occur with any of the milestones that lie ahead.  Ongoing support and understanding on the part of people he works with at home, at school and in the community should go a long way to minimizing the likelihood that he will develop aggressive behavior.

David Wargowski MD
Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Chief, Division of Genetics and Metabolism
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Facts : Informativas
Each quarter we will share a new fact with our readers in both English and Spanish. For more information, click on the link below.  
  • Entre las mujeres estadounidenses en riesgo de un embarazo que no es deseado, el 68% de los que usan anticonceptivos consistente y correctamente representan sólo el 5% de los embarazos que no son deseados.
Hot off the Press!
April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Each April since 1987, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) has sponsored Alcohol Awareness Month to increase public awareness and understanding, reduce stigma and encourage local communities to focus on alcoholism and alcohol-related issues.

This year's theme was "Talk early, Talk Often: Parents Can Make a Difference in Teen Alcohol Use". This April was filled with local, state and national events aimed at educating people about the treatment and prevention of alcoholism, particularly among youth, and the important role that parents can play in giving kids a better understanding of the impact that alcohol can have on their lives. 

Click here and here to learn more

Study Links Effects of Prenatal Alcohol and Drug Exposure with Placental Development


Study Supports Single-Question Alcohol Screen for Adolescents
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Upcoming Trainings and Conferences
Substance Use in Pregnancy Webinar

Tuesday, August 16, 2016
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CST
Randall Brown, MD, PhD, FASAM
Associate Professor
Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Conducted by:
FASD Education and Outreach Projects
Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
School of Medicine and Public Health, University of WI
Hosted by:
Great Lakes Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network
Registration information will be coming soon! Please click  here to view the Save the Date.

Adapting Treatment for Adolescents with FASD

Monday, September 26, 2016
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Dan Dubovsky
FASD Consultant/Trainer
St. Mary's Hospital
700 South Park Street
Madison, WI
Conducted by:
FASD Education and Outreach Projects
Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
School of Medicine and Public Health,  University of WI
Registration information will be coming soon! 

2016 Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Seminar

Thursday, October 20, 2016
Kalahari Convention Center and Resort
Wisconsin Dells, WI
Conducted by:
University of Wisconsin Law School
Registration information will be coming soon!
Please click here for information on submitting a workshop proposal. The deadline for proposal submissions is Thursday, May 27, 2016.

Please contact us with your questions or training needs at: lindsey.peterson@fammed.wisc.edu 
About Us

Wisconsin FASD Education and Outreach Projects  


Wisconsin FASD Education and Outreach Projects focus on addressing the prevention, identification, and treatment of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).  

For more specific project information, see below:



The Wisconsin FASD Treatment Outreach Project (WTOP) provides training and consultation on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), clinical assessment of individuals at risk, and support to professionals to work with individuals with FASD. We understand alcohol use during pregnancy and FASD are sensitive issues. The WTOP team is prepared to discuss these topics with concerned women and families in a culturally competent and trauma informed manner to educate and provide resources and support. Some women and families may have heard about FASD in their day to day lives. If they consumed alcohol during pregnancy and have children with learning and/or behavior problems, an assessment is the first step in identifying appropriate referrals, services and interventions for both mother and child. 


The University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine and Community Health (DFMCH) was awarded a cooperative agreement, Advancing Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention (aSBI) and CHOICES in American Indian and Alaska Native Populations through by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in August 2013. The overarching goal of the project is twofold: (1) to demonstrate capacity by DFMCH to provide culturally appropriate training and technical assistance to implement and sustain aSBI/CHOICES services in Tribal clinics serving a patient population that is primarily Native American; and (2) to reduce risky drinking and the risk of an alcohol-exposed pregnancy in the identified patient population. Booshké giin is the collaborative program name chosen by our tribal partners to represent this project; it means to decide or to make a choice. 


The Juvenile Justice Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Program's purpose is to create and improve community efforts to increase screening, intervention and treatment of juvenile alcohol and drug problems for Wisconsin's at-risk youth population. Collaboration with the Wisconsin Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Treatment Outreach Project (WTOP) is to provide training and consultation on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders clinical assessment of women and children at risk, and support to professionals to work with individuals with FASD.

The primary purpose of the FASD Practice and Implementation Center for Pediatrics (PIC) is to develop, test and disseminate innovative training for pediatricians in training and in practice to increase capacity to diagnose the full spectrum of disorders associated with prenatal alcohol exposure.


Georgiana Wilton, PhD, Principal Investigator
Angelica Salinas, MS, CRC, Project Director
Lindsey Peterson, MS, CRC, Outreach Specialist
Barbara Vardalas, MA, Evaluator

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
1100 Delaplaine Court
Madison, WI 53715
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