Wednesday, July 31, 2013

2013 Family Symposium on FASD

Everyone is invited to attend at NO COST!  This is a remarkable opportunity to learn so much more!  The information here will be invaluable.  Truly, if you have the chance to attend, please do so.  I am copying and pasting the information.  Any questions, please contact Kathy. 

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

September 21, October 5, and November 16

8:30am - 12pm

Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities
101 Renee Lynn Court
Carrboro NC

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term describing a range of effects that can occur in children whose mothers drank alcohol during pregnancy. The effects can include behavioral, physical, and learning problems. Living with an individual with an FASD is difficult….to say nothing about how difficult it is for the person with an FASD. This symposium has been developed to assist families in understanding the effects of alcohol in utero and how families can make a difference for their loved one and for themselves and other family members.

This free Family Symposium is sponsored by the NC Triangle FASD Support Group which was established in 2010. Parents involved as presenters and panel members are affiliated with this group.
Many thanks to Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities for providing space to present this series of workshops for families with a loved one with diagnosed of or suspected Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Delivery of this symposium is partial fulfillment of objectives set forth by the FASD Collaborative of North Carolina.

As noted above, this Symposium is free for participants. There is, however, a limited amount of space. Please register by emailing the attached registration form to

Each day will begin with registration and networking with other attendees over coffee. The families you meet will undoubtedly be an important part of these workshops, so try to arrive at 8:30! Although you need not attend all three mornings, each session will build on previous presentations. The parent panel will address the morning’s topics from their experience, as well as respond to questions from the audience.

September 21st Signs and Symptoms: How Behavior and Testing Contributes to your Awareness and Understanding of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

8:30 – 9:00am Registration/Networking/Coffee

9:00 – 10:00am Ramifications of Exposure to Alcohol in Utero

Presenter: Becky Brantley, Parent

After a brief review of how alcohol affects the brain of the developing fetus, this presentation will focus on the behavioral symptoms resulting from brain damage, as well the behaviors that arise from the lack of fit between an individual with FASD and the environment around them. The reasons to get a diagnosis will also be addressed.

10:00 - 10:15am Break

10:15 - 11:15am What is Neuropsych Testing? Using Results on Behalf of Your Child

Presenters: Stephen Hooper, Ph.D., Carolina Institute
for Developmental Disabilities
Andrew Preston, Ph.D., Chapel Hill
Pediatric Psychology
This session will guide you through the neuropsychological evaluation process, including goals, types of tests, and procedures that are involved.  How are results used to understand the cognitive profile of children with brain-based conditions? How can you use the results to develop appropriate treatment plans with pediatricians, schools, and caregivers? 

11:15am – 12:00pm Parent Panel

October 5th Effective Behavioral Interventions

8:30 – 9:00am Registration/Networking/Coffee

9:00 - 10:15am Neurobehavioral Approach to Interactions

Presenters: Kathy Hotelling, Ph.D., Parent and
Consulting Psychologist
Anne Brantley, MS, Parent

This session will discuss the reasons that traditional parenting techniques do not work with children with an FASD, as well as provide a neurobehavioral perspective that lays the groundwork for alternative strategies that are shown to be effective.

10:15 - 10:30am Break

10:30 - 11:15am Applying the Neurobehavioral Approach

Continuation of earlier session with specific examples of home and school situations that can be approached from a neurobehavioral perspective.

11:15am – 12:00pm Parent Panel

November 16th Supports for Moving Ahead

8:30 - 9:00am Registration/Networking/Coffee

9:00 – 9:30am Resources to Increase Success

Presenter: Kathy Hotelling, Ph.D., Parent and Consulting

Learn about the existing array of resources that could support you in helping your loved one navigate the world throughout her/his lifetime.

9:30 – 10:15am The Emotional Rollercoaster
Presenter: Beth Hutson, Program Coordinator, GCF Family Support Services
Parents or caregivers of children with special needs often feel as if they are on an emotional roller coaster. They may experience stages of grief and chronic sorrow. Learning effective coping strategies empowers caregivers of children who have an FASD.

10:15 – 10:30am Break

10:30 – 11:15am Taking Care of the Caregiver

Presenter: TBA

In order to parent any child, especially a child with challenges such as FASD, it is extremely important to be healthy, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Yes, we know you “don’t” have time, but you must make time! It is essentially for you, your child, and other family members.

11:15am – 12:00pm Parent Panel

Registration Form

2013 Family Symposium
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Name ______________________________________________________________


City _______________________________________________________________

Phone _______________________________________________________________

Email _______________________________________________________________


Which days do you plan on attending? (all will be most beneficial, but not required)

___ September 21 Signs and Symptoms: How Behavior and Testing Contributes to your Awareness and Understanding of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

___ October 5 Effective Behavioral Interventions

___ November 16 Supports for Moving Forward

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Mail completed form to

Kathy Hotelling
271 Fearrington Post
Pittsboro, NC 27312

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