Perinatal (including FAS)

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Alcohol & Pregnancy: Making Healthy Choices

This concise program is an excellent way to start a dialogue about the harmful effects of alcohol during pregnancy. Most importantly, it will help you convey the motivational message that fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) are 100 percent preventable. Created to capture the attention of teens and young adults—but appropriate for mature audiences as well—this program is impactful, positive, and prevention-oriented.
Ages 13-Adult           10 min.        2010           DVD-4060

Ages 13-Adult
The Clinical Diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

FAS is the most common known cause of mental deficiency. It is a subject of serious concern to government health agencies and health care professionals throughout the country. The video has been designed to give health care professionals: SHARPENED DIAGNOSTIC SKILLS - Each diagnostic feature is displayed and described in detail. Using the information on this video, health care professionals will be able to easily determine which children with behavioral problems have FAS. DECREASED LIABILITY EXPOSURE - Because the diagnostic protocols and measruement techniques described on the video are easy to utilize, the opportunity for missed and misdiagnoses will be reduced. The video utilizes diagnostic images of more than a dozen FAS patients. ENHANCED PATIENT AND CLIENT SERVICE - The methods and procedures explained on the video allow the health care professional to discriminate between FAS and other causes of growth retardation/mental deficit.
Adult            31 min.           1994            V-4032

Controversies in the Diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: Implications for DSM-V_March 21, 2012
A federal committee has been meeting for more than three years in an attempt to define the neurobehavioral profile of children affected by prenatal exposure to alcohol. These efforts have been complicated by the lack of consensus regarding criteria for each of the diagnoses within Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and inconsistencies in diagnosis in the published literature. This webinar will present the most current thinking around these issues and implications for establishing Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and related disorders as a diagnostic code within the DSM-V.
Adult          49:40 min           2012                  DVD-4230
Drinking and Reproductive Health: A Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Prevention Tool Kit

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), in collaboration with CDC, has developed the "Drinking and Reproductive Health: A Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Prevention Tool Kit." The primary component in the tool kit is a CD-ROM that aims to teach women's health care providers how to screen and advise all of their patients of reproductive age about risky drinking and encourage the use of effective contraception among patients who continue to engage in risky drinking. It also addresses drinking during pregnancy. With information on screening, education, and counseling, this publication will help women's health care clinicians prevent FASDs when they encounter risky drinking, regardless of pregnancy status.

Adult            2006           CD-ROM-4024

Effective Management of ADHD in Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders--May 7, 2012

Children with a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder may benefit from medications to address Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and other co-morbid conditions. However, children with a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder present in a more complex way than do children in the general population. A comprehensive understanding of how ADHD should be identified and treated in children affected by prenatal exposure to alcohol is essential for professionals working with these children in order to develop an effective treatment plan including medication in combination with appropriate therapuetic interventions.

Adult     47:52 min.      2012        DVD-4231


FASD Slide Show

This is a 3.5 minute slide show of children and young adults who have Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. The photos were collected, along with parents' permission, by FASSN.ORG (New York City and Long Island). The slide show was produced by Fasstar Enterprises for FASDay/FASworld for use as described here. 

Permission is granted to use this slide show for raising awareness about FASD in any community setting, such as conference display tables, schools, workshops, and of course FASD Awareness Day events. 

Click here for FASD Slide Show

Fetal Alcohol Exposure: Changing the Future

How are fetal alcohol spectrum disorders diagnosed? What are the primary and secondary disabilities associated with FASD? And-most important of all-what is the human cost? This program addresses these questions through the firsthand experiences of Ann Streissguth, director of the University of Washington's Fetal Alcohol and Drug Unit; Kathy Mitchell, vice president of NOFAS; Erica Lara, who works at a residential drug and alcohol treatment facility designed especially for women with young children; and Erica Gitis-Miles, a college student who has FASD. The in utero effects of alcohol are considered as well, as are the facial, bodily, neurological, cognitive, and behavioral characteristics of FASD.

High School - Adult            31 min.           2006           DVD-4186

High School - Adult
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Effects: What's the Difference?

The physiological effects and the behavioral problems that can arise from FAS and FAE are examined. A clinical psychologist discusses the permanent damage that alcohol can do, including learning disorders, speech and hearing problems, heart problems, and damage to the central nervous system. Viewers will learn the differences and similarities between FAS and FAE, and of the potential challenges and handicaps faced by these children.
Junior High - High School            23 min.           1991              V-4060

Junior High - High School
Journey Through the Healing Circle

Can racoon twins, a fox, a bear, and a puffin teach parents about FAS? Yes, when these wild creatures are brought to life through the stories and word pictures of a Native American storyteller in an award-winning series. A partnership of Washington State agencies, health-care experts, and traditional NW tribal storytellers has produced a collection of stories, health tips, and practical knowledge to help parents and foster parents learn about FAS and understand how it affects their children. FAS is the only birth defect that can be completely prevented, but high rates of alcohol use and unplanned pregnancies make prevention a challenging task. Children with FAS or related conditions exhibit a number of behavior challenges, including inconsistency in understanding and carrying out instructions, frequent inability to judge the danger of a situation, lack of interest in eating, and difficulties in falling asleep. They often find their world to be complex and confusing and are easily frustrated when attempting to learn new things.
Junior High - Adult            1999            V-4071

Junior High - Adult
The Listening Heart

The Listening Heart is the story of four families, all of whom adopted a child with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Unlike any other film produced about FAS, The Listening Heart utilizes the voices of the children and parents to tell their stories about how FAS has affected their lives. Each family's story focuses on a different aspect of FAS, ranging from the behavioral difficulties to the learning disabilities and social problems that affect the children's everyday functioning. Because The Listening Heart was originally produced as an educational documentary for professionals, teachers, and adoptive parents, it utilizes interviews with medical experts who navigate through the information provided by the parents' testimonials, and, using hands-on methods, offer solutions and techniques to dealing with the issues of FAS. The Listening Heart is a simply told story of both the harsh realities of living with a disability and the hope that endures through the love and selflessness of dedicated parents. It is a tale of fostering children's strengths and embracing patience while battling a devastating disease that cannot be cured. The Listening Heart both teaches and compels; it is one of those rare films that has the potential to change lives.  

High School - Adult            37 min.           2004            DVD-4148

High School - Adult
Look Who's Balking: The Baby Who Wouldn't Come Out

Raising a child requires much more than just good intentions. Many expectant parents, especially very young couples, don't realize what a tough job they will have once their baby is born. Taking a light-hearted, humorous approach to teaching a serious message, Look Who's Balking opens in a delivery room where a mother has been in labor for five days. Speaking from the womb (the voice of Henry Winkler), the baby refuses to be born until his parents promise to raise him right. The baby teaches the inexperienced parents some important lessons on prenatal care, discipline, self-esteem, and the importance of parenting classes and support groups, before making his long-awaited appearance. This program is an engaging media adjunct to Health, Prenatal Eduction and Teen Pregnancy, Sex Education, and Growth and Development units on parenting, family-child issues, and prenatal education.
High School - Adult            17 min.           1990           V-2004

High School - Adult
No Safe Amount: Women, Alcohol and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (cc)

Interweaving interviews with real teens who have experimented with alcohol, animated sequences demonstrating how a growing fetus is affected by alcohol use inside the womb, plus an up-close and personal look at a young woman growing up afflicted with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), this program clearly demonstrates the unique risks that alcohol poses to women. One girl tells about being raped after a night of drinking. Another, about almost dying after binge drinking and being in a coma for three days. Program follows the girls as they learn the impact of alcohol use on women's bodies-how women metabolize alcohol differently than men; why size and gender matter when it comes to drinking; the biology of alcohol addiction and the link to permanent brain damage; and the indelible horror of FAS.

Preview a three minute clip: here

Grades 7 - College            18 min.           2007            DVD-4197

Grades 7 - College
Recovering Hope: Mothers Speak Out About Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Recovering Hope is an intimate and inspiring hour-long video about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). The video, created for viewing by women in recovery and their counselors, is divided into two half-hour episodes to allow time for discussion within a treatment session. Viewers will learn that FASD is an umbrella term describing the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy. These effects may include physical, mental, behavioral, and learning disabilities with possible lifelong implications. The term FASD is not intended for use as a clinical diagnosis. Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), a clinical diagnostic term included under FASD, describes a pattern of growth retardation, facial anomalies, and brain damage. Persons who do not have all three of these characteristics still can be severely affected. None of these problems can be cured. But all of them can be prevented. FASD is caused solely by prenatal alcohol exposure. It cannot be inherited. 

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Youtube


High School - Adult            60 min.           2004            DVD-4129

High School - Adult
Stop Smoking Now: Reasons Not to Smoke When You're Pregnant

When you're pregnant, everything you eat, drink and breathe affects your health and your baby's health. So when you smoke, your baby does too. Quitting smoking is one of the most important things you can do for your baby. When you stop smoking, you: increase the amount of oxygen your baby will get; lower the risk that your baby will be born too early; and increase your chances of having a health baby No matter how long you have been smoking, quitting smoking also benefits your health, gives you more energy, and lets you feel good about what you've done for yourself and your baby. This video provides support, guidance and information about resources to help you resist the urge to smoke. Hosted by Rob Reiner. 

Adult            20 min.           2003            DVD-3080

Understanding Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (cc)

In this video, viewers meet Jodee, a teenager who is afflicted with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) because her mother drank alcohol during her pregnancy. FAS represents a spectrum of physical and emotional disorders that occur because of alcohol poisoning before birth. Jodee tells her story, supported by powerful graphics revealing how the developing fetus is damaged by alcohol. The signs and symptoms of FAS are described, including low birth weight, facial abnormalities, reduced coordination, poor social skills, learning difficulties and behavioral problems. Jodee's lifelong difficulties are a direct result of her mother's alcohol use. This program delivers a strong "no alcohol use" message to pregnant women.

Preview a three minute clip: here

Grades 7 - College           13 min.           2008            DVD-4208

Grades 7 - College
You Can Quit! How To Stop Smoking During Pregnancy

Most women want to stop smoking during pregnancy but don't know how. Drawing from research-based, positive approaches, this interactive program not only reminds pregnant moms why they should stop smoking, it actually gives them a way to quit. In fact, in just 15 minutes your clients will have their quit plans in hand! With YOU CAN QUIT you will: Use peer modeling to motivate clients; Help clients create a personal cessation plan; Encourage clients to stay smoke-free for life. You Can Quit is a one-stop, all-inclusive package. Viewers will quit right along with Elena, a 22-year-old pregnant woman. After she shares each part of her quit plan, viewers are given the opportunity to work on their own plans using the follow-along handouts included in the Facilitator's Guide.
High School - Adult            18 min.           2005            DVD-3091

High School - Adult