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The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)—via its Program to Enhance the Health and Development of Infants and Children—is offering a series of four 30-minute educational webinars focused on raising awareness of primary care clinicians regarding the diagnosis and treatment for children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs). The first webinar also addresses common media misconceptions about alcohol use during pregnancy.

Myths, Media and the Medical Home

Faculty: Renee Turchi, MD, MPH, FAAP

The myths, media and the medical home session will highlight common media misconceptions about alcohol use during pregnancy, provide a clinical overview of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, and most importantly discuss the role of medical home providers in identifying and managing children with FASDs.

Date/Time: July 16, 2014 at 3 pm ET (30 minutes)
Register: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/384023014

Detection, Discovery and Diagnosis

 Faculty: Yasmin Senturias, MD, FAAP

The detection, discovery and diagnosis session will delineate the signs and symptoms that may indicate prenatal alcohol exposure and a possible condition along the continuum of FASDs. An algorithm for evaluation of FASDs will be introduced and discussed as a tool for diagnosis and referral in primary care. Information about various diagnostic tools will also be shared.

Date/Time: July 28, 2014 at 3 pm ET (30 minutes)
Register: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/513539294

Roles, Referrals and Reimbursement

 Faculty: David Wargowski, MD

The roles, referrals and reimbursement session will provide primary care clinicians with the tools they need to work with families and children who have or may have an FASDs. Dr Wargowski will identify the appropriate professionals needed to build an FASD team and discuss options for community based resources for referral and treatment. Billing, coding and reimbursement will also be discussed.

Date/Time: August 13, 2014 at 3 pm ET (30 minutes)
Register: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/187514118

Communication, Care Coordination and Co-management

Faculty: Phillip John Matthias, MD, FAAP and Ira Chasnoff, MD

The communication, care coordination and co-management session will confirm the importance of a medical home and its role in working with patients and families. Drs Matthias and Chasnoff will review the development of comprehensive care plans and present several case studies to demonstrate different approaches to care coordination and co-management.

Date/Time: August 27, 2014 at 3 pm ET (30 minutes)
Register: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/500923542

For more information about the webinars, visit the American Academy of Pediatrics website here.

The website also includes a section with prevention resources for pediatricians. Two of the ways that pediatricians can be involved in FASD prevention is through brief interventions with women in their practice who may have consumed alcohol during a previous pregnancy and with youth in their practice who are sexually active and/or consuming alcohol.

 

advise mothers on subsequent pregnancies and (2) advise adolescents about the risks of drinking alcohol during pregnancy. – See more at: http://www.aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/aap-health-initiatives/fetal-alcohol-spectrum-disorders-toolkit/Pages/Prevention-Education-and-Counseling.aspx#sthash.HNyEiIMF.dpuf