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COVID-19 Tips for Caregivers of Individuals with FASD

This article by Canada FASD Research Network states, “Challenges with sensory regulation, attention, memory, and emotional regulation make it difficult for children with FASD to understand and implement preventive health practices. The social distancing measures that have been put in place can result in feelings of depression, stress, confusion, and anxiety. This blog outlines some tips for caregivers to help you implement preventive health practices in your home.”

Read more HERE!

Pregnant Women and Children: Navigating COVID-19

There is limited information so far about COVID-19 in pregnant women. Pregnant women are at higher risk from influenza and other respiratory viruses, so they are encouraged to be extra vigilant. There is no evidence that children are more susceptible to COVID-19. The CDC has information specifically for pregnant women and children.

See CDC information on children and COVID-19.

MotherToBaby Launches First COVID-19 in Pregnancy Study

A new study conducted by birth defects research experts from the non-profit Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS) launches to examine the short and long-term effects of the novel COVID-19 virus in pregnancy and breastfeeding. The observational study will consist of phone calls over the course of volunteers’ pregnancies and post-delivery, and/or breastmilk samples, as well as a release of medical records related to the pregnancy and the infant’s development.

If interested in participating, Click HERE to learn more.

Hold the “Quarantinis”: Alcohol and Novel Coronavirus Might Not Mix

Replacing bar meetups with virtual happy hours might offer a much-needed salve during the novel corona virus pandemic, but downing too much alcohol could also reduce your immune system’s ability to fight off infectious diseases, according to numerous studies. Article by J. Cavanaugh Simpson with Global Health Now.

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For Parents Trying to Replicate School for Children With Disabilities, A Confounding Task

“In the age of this new and deadly virus, most American school districts have closed their doors, hoping remote learning can serve as a replacement in the coming weeks or even months.

But few districts have figured out how to extend this online learning and other critical services to the 7 million children with disabilities.”

Washington Post

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NOFAS Joins Group of Eighty-eight Organizations Calling on Congress to Address Americans’ Mental Health and Substance Misuse Treatment Needs as Part of COVID-19 Response

“A cross-sector group of 88 organizations from the mental health and substance misuse, public health and patient-advocacy sectors are jointly calling on the Trump Administration and Congress to address the immediate and long term mental health and substance misuse treatment needs of all Americans as part of their COVID-19 response. Such consideration is especially important as the anxiety and social isolation related to the COVID-19 pandemic are likely to increase the need for mental health and substance misuse care, according to the group’s leaders.”

Learn More, HERE!

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