Winter 2017
FASD Education and Outreach Projects

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Education and Outreach Project Updates
Happy Winter to all our followers! We hope everyone is enjoying time with family and is staying warm. We have many exciting opportunities coming up in 2017. Stay tuned and Happy New Year!


Hot off the Press: New FASD and OT Podcast!

We are excited to announce our new podcast titled "Value of Occupational Therapy for Individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders" by Marianne Gernetzke, MS, OTR/L. We partnered with Ms. Gernetzke to create a podcast that provides an overview of occupational therapy and discusses how it can be beneficial for individuals with a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. Click HERE to check it out!

As always, please feel free to contact us with any training needs or questions you may have.
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 (, or call us (608-265-6392) with your questions.

How can a child with a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) qualify for special education services in school?


Children with an FASD, depending on neurobehavioral (neurocognitive, adaptive and self regulatory) challenges, may be eligible to receive Exceptional Child Education (EC/ECE) services through the school if the child qualifies under one of the disabilities as defined by the Individuals with Disability Education Act (IDEA). The neurobehavioural deficits that characterize children with FASD may include cognitive deficits (i.e. lower IQ scores, typically in the 70's or 80's) or academic deficits (mathematics disorder, reading comprehension disorder and written expression disorder).  

The important part is obtaining psychoeducational/neuropsychological testing. Sometimes these kids fall under the radar, their academic problems misunderstood as struggling, lazy, parented poorly, and so they may be passed on from grade to grade, meanwhile not benefiting much from the academic environment unless someone picks up that they have FASD or that there is an underlying learning disability. When a child is appropriately tested, some children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder may be able to get services under intellectual disability (depending on IQ and adaptive skills) or specific learning disability (may qualify under mathematics disorder, reading comprehension disorder or written expression disorder as these are commonly affected by FASD).  If there is an FASD diagnosis, the parent can request in writing for educational testing and/or services under Other Health Impairment which would require a health condition, such as ADHD or FASD that adversely affect the child's ability to function in school (may pertain to academic and behavioral functioning). It is important to know that beyond neurocognitive issues,  the child may have self regulatory problems (which can affect behavior) and adaptive problems (that can affect motor, social, self care and communication skills). This may qualify them under social emotional disability given the problems with self regulation. Another category that should be considered would be speech language impairment as there could be language processing deficits in a child with FASD. These disabilities would entitle a child to have an individualized education plan (or IEP) for which interventions will be put in place to help the child thrive in school. For more information, please visit the AAP FASD online toolkit here or the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome  here.

Yasmin Senturias, MD, FAAP
Medical Director, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics of the Carolinas-Charlotte at Carolinas Medical Center
Medical Director, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Program, Levine Children's Hospital
Investigator, Centers for Disease Control FASD Southeast Regional Training Center
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.  
  • In 2011 in the United States, there were approximately 552,640 pregnancies among women aged 15-19.
  • En 2011 en los Estados Unidos, hubo aproximadamente 552.640 mil embarazos entre mujeres de 15-19 años de edad.
Hot off the Press!
Value of Occupational Therapy for Individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders


Updated Priorities Among Effective Clinical Preventive Services


Collaborative for Alcohol-Free Pregnancy: Partnering for Practice Change

Upcoming Trainings and Conferences
FASD Training of Trainers Certificate Program

Monday, May 8 - Friday, May 12, 2017
The Pyle Center
702 Langdon Street
Madison, WI 53706
Conducted by:
FASD Education and Outreach Projects
Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
School of Medicine and Public Health,  University of WI
Since our first TOT in February is full, we are offering a second one! Please contact Angelica Salinas at 608-262-6590 for more information or with questions regarding registration.
American Academy of Pediatrics Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Webinar Series

Webinar #3: Treatment Across the Lifespan for Persons with a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
4 pm ET | 3 pm CT | 2 pm MT | 1 pm PT
Conducted by:
Yasmin Senturias, MD, FAAP
Click here to register for this webinar.
2017 Wisconsin Substance Abuse Prevention Training
Tuesday, June 13 - Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Kalahari Resort and Convention Center
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

Please contact us with your questions or training needs at: 
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

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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