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Adoption UK FASD Conference

Seeking a brighter future for our children

Diagnostic challenges and implications for support

About the conference

We are delighted to be hosting and welcoming members, professionals and all those interested in understanding more about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) from all over the UK. FASD covers a range of conditions seen in young children who were exposed to alcohol in the womb.

The disorder is estimated to affect 1% to 3% of the population. It is a preventable condition, with strong evidence between alcohol intake during pregnancy and FAS/FASD. The effects of the disorder are life long, sometimes affect an individual’s physical characteristics (though not always) but invariably include cognitive impairment (self-regulation, adaptive function).

Scotland is in a unique position to host this UK-wide conference. Scotland is currently the only country in the UK to say ‘no alcohol no risk’. Scotland’s recent introduction of minimum price per unit for alcohol demonstrates the nation’s recognition that alcohol is an issue for Scotland’s population. Against this background the conference is both timely and relevant to current discussions and the wider landscape.

The conference will be chaired by Professor Moria Plant and is aimed at practitioners, adoptive parents, carers and clinicians from across the UK. It will provide the opportunity for attendees to further their knowledge, not only about the impact of FASD on our children, but also on how we can better support them with the life long implications.

Afternoon workshops will provide the opporunity to address practical issues around gaining a diagnosis, supporting young people, education and strategies rather than solutions to support those affected by the disorder to reach their full potential and thrive in life.

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We are delighted that Dr Raja Mukherjee, consultant psychiatrist and internationally acclaimed expert in FASD, who works at the FASD Clinic in Surry, will be addressing the conference as the key note speaker.

We are also pleased to welcome to the stage Lee Harvey-Heath who is an adult living with FASD (having been diagnosed as an adult). Lee will be talking about his experience of living with the disorder, and will be joined by an adoptive parent who will bring the perspective of caring for a child on the spectrum.

Dr Patricia Jackson, consultant paediatrician and Dr Chris Steer, consultant paediatrician in Fife, who have been involved in the development of the FASD diagnostic pathway in Scotland.

Professor Moria Plant, is Emeritus Professor of Alcohol Studies at the University of West of England in Bristol, UK and Adjunct Professor at Curtin Univeristy Perth Australia. Professor Plant will be talking about behavioural aspects by age, and the physical aspects where young people with FASD may be much more likely to experience problems both physically and psychologically.

Workshop sessions will be facilitated by Eileen Calder from FASD Scotland; Sleep Scotland; Dr Raja Mukherjee and Dr Sara Brown, consultant paedatrician from Ayrshire Central Hospital; Lee Harvey-Heath; Rena Philips from PACS with Susannah MacKay, a foster and adoptive parent; Paula McPhail, an adoptive mother and her daughter Maryelen McPhail.

All ticket prices include lunch, refreshments, delegate packs and VAT at 20%. Please note there is an Evenbrite booking fee. There is the oportunity for organisation to have a stand and they can take advantage of a special rate including two tickets for admission.

Please note there is a booking fee for using the Eventbrite system. A full refund for cancelations can only be offered where a minimum of 30 days notice prior to the event taking place is given. After this time a refund will not be possible.

If you have any questions about this event please contact scotland@adoptionuk.org.uk

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