In connection with the celebration of the 20th anniversary of International FASD Awareness Day on 09/09/2019, The Fascinating Child’s World Foundation organized the International Training Conference in Katowice, Poland: “Accurate FASD diagnosis? There is a proven way to do this – Properly adjusted therapy is the key to success.”
The purpose of the training conference was to familiarize attendees with the diagnostic path used in many countries, including the one-successfully used for over 20 years in the United States, which allows diagnosing FAS / FASD, which was developed by researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle (WA), under the leadership Prof. Susan J. (Astley) Hemingway. During the conference were presented appropriate diagnostic tools and how to use them. Participants also learned about the specialists who should participate in the diagnostic process to make the diagnoses as precise as possible and to avoid abuse. Participants also learned about the most common mistakes made during diagnoses carried out in our country and beyond. They learned about therapeutic procedures and strategies that should be considered when constructing a therapeutic plan. The speakers also shared knowledge about supporting the child’s family, including parents – what techniques to use to support them during challenges and what to do to cooperate effectively, including the school the child suffering from FAS / FASD attends.
Participants learned about the international and interdisciplinary view on the problems of diagnosis and therapy of children with FAS / FASD. They met practitioners who meet children with FAS / FASD from different countries and environments on a daily basis, which affects the diversity of therapeutic interactions in relation to these children and their families.
The speakers included the following:
• Susan J. Hemingway (Astley) Ph. D. – Professor of Epidemiology/Pediatrics, Director, WA State FAS Diagnostic & Prevention Network
• Gro Løhaugen – Vice-chairperson of the European FASD Alliance, director of the Children’s RCP in Norway.
• Halina Pawłowska-Jaroń Ph. D.- professor at the Pedagogical University of Kraków.
The conference was held under the Honorary Patronage of the following:
> Marshal of the Ninth Term Senate – Stanisław Karczewski,
> Ministry of Health,
> Ministry of Family, Labor and Social Policy,
> Children’s Ombudsman Mikołaj Pawlak,
> SOS Children’s Villages Association,
> European FASD Alliance (EUFASD Alliance),
> Washington State Diagnostic and Prevention Network FASD,
> The State Agency for the Prevention of Alcohol-Related Problems (PARPA),
> Silesian Voivode,
> Cieszyn Poviat,
> Polish Diakonia,
> Caritas of the Bielsko-Żywiec Diocese,
> Euroregion Beskidy,