The State of Washington Affiliate to the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome




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FRIDAY MAY 22, 2009


2320 California Street Everett, WA 98201

COST $50.00

8:00am Registration


8:30am to 10:00am MRI, MRS and fMRI Among Children with FASD

10:00am to 10:15am Break

10:15am to 11:45am Group Interventions for Children and Teens with FASD: Promoting Successful Social Engagement, Skill-building, and Fun!

11:45am to12:45pm Lunch on your own

12:45pm to 2:15pm Advances in Intervention for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

2:15pm to 2:30pm Break

2:30pm to 4:00pm Sensory Processing: Practical Strategies for Home and School


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MRI, MRS and fMRI Among Children with FASD


A comprehensive neuropsychological battery, coupled with magnetic resonance imaging, (MRI), MR spectroscopy (MRS), and functional MRI (fMRI) were administered to children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) to determine if neurostructural, neurochemical, or neurofunctional abnormalities could be identified across the spectrum, and distinguish diagnostic subclassifications within the spectrum.

Susan Astley, Ph.D. is a Professor of Epidemiology / Pediatrics at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington and is the Director of the Washington State FAS Diagnostic & Prevention Network clinics. Dr. Astley has conducted laboratory, clinical, and public health research in the field of FASD since 1981.



Group Interventions for children and teens with FASD: Promoting successful social engagement, skill-building, and fun!"

This session will provide an overview of social interaction challenges associated with FASD in childhood and adolescence. Two group intervention models targeting social skill development and friendship building for school-aged children and adolescents will be described. Practical strategies to support successful group interventions will also be presented.

Tracy Jirikowic, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the Division of Occupational Therapy at the University of Washington. She has been in clinical practice for over 17 years, primarily in the area of pediatrics, and has worked in a variety of practice settings including early intervention, schools, and outpatient specialty clinics. She has been running social skills groups for children with FASD in collaboration with NOFAS WA and UW MOT students for the past 4 years. Her primary clinical and research interests include early intervention outcomes and supporting social participation among children with FASD.

Rachel Montague, MA, Psychology (Practicum Student, Clinical Psychology) Rachel is a third-year Clinical Psychology student from Seattle Pacific University. She received her BA from Colgate University and MA from SPU. She has been a co-facilitator for the adolescent FASt Friends group since fall, 2005. Rachel also worked as a research coordinator for the pilot study “Families Moving Forward,” which was a behavioral consultation intervention for families raising children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. She currently is working on a collaborative research project between SPU and Seattle Children’s, comparing behavioral regulation strategies for young children with FAS and typically developing children from a high risk population. She is completing her first practicum at an autism clinic in Seattle where she performs psychological assessments, individual therapy, conducts social skills groups, and is involved in research. In the future, Rachel plans to work with children and adolescents with developmental delays in a research and clinical setting.


Advances in Intervention for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

This presentation will provide an overview of advances in FASD intervention, an area receiving growing attention over the past few years. Recently published research studies show positive outcomes for families and children with FASD. Behavioral consultation and key worker programs, computer training, mentoring programs, parent support, direct skill-building for children and teens, and early intervention are all areas of study with emerging data and new ideas. Local research on the Families Moving Forward Program, a specialized caregiver support and consultation intervention with promising results (now being disseminated to other states), will be highlighted. The team of presenters includes an experienced clinical researcher and a dedicated home-based counselor, who share a vivid interest in FASD. This presentation will cover both the state-of-the-art in research on FASD intervention, and insights from clinical experience, centering on what works for families and children with FASD.

Heather Carmichael Olson, Ph.D. is a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, at the University Of Washington School Of Medicine. She is also an attending psychologist at Seattle Children’s Hospital and at the University of Washington FAS Diagnostic Clinic. In both settings, she works directly with children and their families. Dr. Carmichael Olson has been involved in research and clinical services with families raising children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) since 1989. She helped start a treatment center for women with chemical dependency that included an on-site therapeutic childcare program. Dr. Carmichael Olson is also the Principal Investigator for a CDC-funded FASD intervention research project.

Kimberly House, MSW, is a therapist at the Institute for Family Development. She is a provider for several in-home interventions including Families Moving Forward, Parent Child Interaction Training, and Family Preservation Services. Since obtaining her BASW in 1993, she has been working in various positions in the field of family and parent support. She has extensive knowledge of best practice in the field of home visiting. She has worked on a multi-disciplinary professional development teams to increase collaboration between parents and providers in the field of child welfare. She believes parents need to feel empowered in order to experience greater self determination, bringing about hope for the future of their family. It is her greatest joy to witness parents gaining confidence in their abilities and advocating for themselves and their children. Kim and her husband have a school age son, and daughter attending the Seattle Public Schools.


Sensory Processing: Practical Strategies for Home and School

Together we will define common vocabulary around sensory processing and provide a working definition for “Sensory Integration”. Clarify the role of occupational therapy in assessment and Sensory Integration interventions in school based and private therapy. And provide examples of strategies and opportunities for discussion and case based problem solving around common home and school based problems.

Cherie Duval White received a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of Washington and is currently working toward a post-graduate degree in Rehabilitation Science. She has nine years of classroom based experience serving young children from birth through kindergarten at the University of Washington’s Experimental Education Unit, experience with early intervention out-reach in American Samoa and works part time on various services at Seattle Children’s Hospital. She has experience with working with children with Pre-natal alcohol and substance exposures, Autism, Down syndrome and developmental delays. In addition Cherie has also has 4 years of experience as a member of the University of Washington’s Fetal Alcohol Diagnostic and Prevention clinic team.

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Directions for completing registration. I am currently working with PayPal to resolve issue around acceptance of payments. I needed to furnish them with updated non-profit information. This should be resolved by the end of the week(May 1). In the meantime please highlight registration portion, right click, select copy, open email and address to Type "one day FASD conference registration" in subject line. In message area, right click, select paste and then fill in the lines of the registration form. Add note advising that payment will be coming through paypal. Hit Send.

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