Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder or FASD - An uncomfortable discussion topic, cloaked with stigma and judgement. But how much do you really know about it? Or the significance of alcohol in pregnancy for that matter... At Project 6 we strive for a broad-spectrum approach to any issue; aiming to educate, support and plan for positive outcomes - whatever the circumstance. We do this consistent with our organisational values; in a friendly and non-judgemental way. Over the next few posts, we'll share some factual information to raise awareness of the condition, and demonstrate how Project 6 can help you and your family.

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10/03/20

Foetal Alcohol Syndrome is a condition where a baby is born with mental and/or physical problems, associated with the use of alcohol in pregnancy. Alcohol present in the Mother's bloodstream passes through the placenta to the unborn child - whose tolerance is minimal compared to an adult's. This can disrupt development of cells, causing damage to the brain, spinal chord or other areas of the body... The higher the consumption of alcohol, the greater the risk - in fact, it's widely acknowledged that there is no 'safe' limit to drink during pregnancy. Having said that, stopping at any stage helps to reduce the risk of baby developing these problems. 

If you're currently pregnant (or even trying to conceive), struggling with your use of alcohol and want support to manage this, Project 6 forms part of the Multi-agency Antenatal Service, operating in Keighley, that offers specialist advice alongside Midwifery care.

For further information on this service, call us on 01535 610180, or for more detailed information on Foetal Alcohol Syndrome access NHS guidance via the following link:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/foetal-alcohol-syndrome/


12/03/20

Indications that a child may have Foetal Alcohol Syndrome... How can we tell? What are the signs? The accompanying image shows the indicative physical features associated with the condition that may alert you to the possibility that a child has FAS. But there are further factors that medical professionals look for, to support a diagnosis: difficulties with balance and movement, issues with attention, concentration or hyperactivity, poor growth, learning difficulties affecting speech, memory and socialisation are but a few. Have questions?? - Contact us on 01535 610180 for an informal chat, or speak to your GP, Health Visitor or Midwife for structured advice.

 

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16/03/20

If you've managed to read our previous posts on Foetal Alcohol Syndrome, perhaps now you have an understanding of how it's recognised... but what benefit does this knowledge bring? How can it help? 

Being aware that your child is affected can influence the way in which you parent... Understanding that they need compassion and a consistently patient approach, helps them (and you!!) to cope. You can adopt strategies or use activities that bring calm and focus, such as yoga (Bev, our amazing Family Support Worker has delivered this in sessions with our young people before, to great benefit ?,) limiting, managing or preparing your child for over-stimulating activities or changes in routine, telling stories to prepare your child for new situations, or using fidget toys are all worthwhile tasks. But there's so much more... further suggestions, extensive resources and both local and generalised support are available via www.fasdnetwork.org, or to find out how Project 6 can support your family, contact our main reception on 01535 610180.

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Who We Are:

Project 6 is an award winning voluntary sector drug and alcohol charity based in Keighley, West Yorkshire. We are a harm reduction and recovery focused service working to help people reduce the risks associated with substance misuse and we offer support to users of drugs and alcohol and their relatives and carers.

Airedale Voluntary Drug and Alcohol Agency trading as Project 6 is a registered charity number 1173006 and a company limited by guarantee and registered in England and Wales number 3430925

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