Students Hailey, Emily and William in the Top 20 Teens class did a presentation on Fetal Alcohol Synsdrome. Students in this group invited in guest speaker Barb Clark from the MN Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS). Students in the class were required to do a 30-40 minute presentation on a mental health issue. Presentations had to include many facets, including: diagnosis, school impact & life outcomes.
Barb Clark, the guest speaker from MOFAS offered interesting commentary and facts, including her own personal experience in raising a daughter (by adoption) with FAS (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome). Did you know that any drink containing alcohol can harm a baby at any time during pregnancy? Ms. Clark urged students that FAS and FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) is 100% preventable. The speaker noted was that there are still doctors who say it is okay to drink a glass of wine during pregnancy. Ms. Clark strongly urged that any alcohol, including wine, should not be consumed during pregnancy!
Kudos to these students for bringing in a great speaker for us to learn from :)
For more info and resources on FAS, visit the MOFAS website: https://www.mofas.org.