FASD Across the Lifespan Training Series

All webinars below are available on-demand and are free to view.

Access to this 7-webinar series on FASD is generously provided by the Alaska Center for Children and Adults and the Alaska Center for Resource Families, with support from The State of Alaska Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Program and the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority.

Doctor Examining a Pregnant Woman
Introduction and Diagnosis: Spotlight on Prevention

Marilyn Pierce-Bulger, MN, FNP-BC, CNM (APRN)

Interim President, Board of Directors, Alaska Center for FASD

In Session One of the FASD Across the Lifespan Training Series, Marilyn Pierce-Bulger presents information about the prevalence of drinking in the U.S., stigma related to women drinking, effective FASD prevention strategies, and an overview of FASD and the diagnostic process.

Sleeping Baby
Infant Learning and Early Intervention: Spotlight on Sensory Needs

Gail Trujillo, Ph.D. (ABD)

Infant Mental Health Specialist, Early Learning Program, Sitka, Alaska

Course objectives: Participants will 1) develop an understanding of the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on early developmental milestones; 2) develop an understanding of the sensory processing issues that affect early development; 3) become aware of relationship-focused early interventions and their impact on social emotional development and attachment.

Kids in Preschool
Preschool and Social Development: Spotlight on Developing Social Skills

Jamie Bleakley, OTR/L

A Better Tomorrow Therapy and Wellness Center, LLC

Session objectives: By the end of this session, participants will: 1) recognize brain-based differences than impact preschooler social interaction; 2) understand meaning behind behaviors impacting social interaction in preschoolers with FASD; 3) be able to identify interventions to help the child engage within their environment.

School Bus & Children
School Age: Spotlight on Learning Challenges

Deb Evensen, MA

Owner/Consultant, Fetal Alcohol Consultation & Training Services (FACTS)

Session objectives: By the end of this session, participants will: 1) identify the primary characteristics of FASD; 2) understand how these characteristics result in learning differences; 3) learn how to support children with FASD as they move through the school system.

Youth Basketball Game
Middle School: Spotlight on Challenging Behaviors

Tami Eller, MS

Associate Director of Community Programs, AK Child and Family

Session objectives: By the end of this session, participants will: 1) Understand typical brain developmental tasks in middle school; 2) Understand gaps in brain development with FASD; 3) Understand the impacts of brain dysmaturity for developmental tasks; 4) Role of accommodations in supporting students across a number of developmental domains.

Smiling Student Sitting At Desk
High School/Transition to Adulthood: Spotlight on Dysmaturity

Jeanne Gerhardt-Cyrus

Kibuk Valley Consulting

Learning objectives: By the end of this session, participants will learn to: 1) Build transition success early; 2) recognize typical transition consideration when supporting youth to adults with FASD; 3) Find alternate but comparable milestone for youth to adults with FASD; 4) Find positive groups/mentors/opportunities for fulfillment for youth to adults with FASD; 5) Focus forward with little control.

Community Garden
Adulthood: Spotlight on Interdependence

Jenn Wagaman, MA

FACES Team Coordinator, Alaska Center for Children and Adults

Session objectives: By the end of this session, participants will learn to: 1) understand that adults with an FASD are individuals with their own pathway in life; 2) understand the philosophical models underlying healthy outcomes for individuals with FASD; 3) understand the eight target areas for healthy outcomes for adults with FASD; 4) Understand supported decision making and models of disability benefits.