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In case you didn’t know, September is National Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Month. Now, I don’t know much about FAS, but I should. Everyone should.
Here’s a quick tutorial, but seriously, if you have a moment Google this and check it out.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders is the name given to a continuum of physical and mental health problems that arise as a result of a fetus being exposed to alcohol in utero. A diagnosis of FASD can be hard to make unless a mother discusses her drinking with her doctor or the child’s doctor. Some children may be misdiagnosed as having autism,ADHD,oppositional defiant or conduct disorder,pervasive developmental delay,learning disabilities,emotional/behavior problems,reactive attachment disorder and many other conditions.
I’d also like to tell you about a fabulous idea/campaign called Bids for Kids. Lakewood Health System of Staples annually holds a live online auction to benefit their Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Diagnostic Clinics. This year, they recruited 25 local artists to decorate and paint step stools to be auctioned off. They had a fabulous response and all the stools are currently on display at their facebook page. Here’s a sampling:
Ka-UTE! There’s tons more and I.Love.Them.All. There’s a hand print one that is da bomb too. From wilderness scenes, to music themed stools, to ladybugs, there’s something for everyone
A public viewing of the step stools will be held Wednesday, September 29th and Thursday, September 30th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lakewood Health System Main Campus. The step stools will be on display in the patio level classrooms.
The Bids for Kids online auction will begin Monday, October 4th at 9 a.m. and end on Tuesday, October 5th at 3 p.m. Visit http://www.lakewoodhealthsystem.com/bidsforkids
to place your bid. (link will become live on October 4)
Lakewood’s FASD Diagnostic Clinics are held several times a year to properly diagnose children and connect their families with support systems to help children prevail socially, educationally and emotionally through fetal alcohol syndrome. Due to a grant through the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS), Lakewood has provided the FASD Diagnostic Clinics since 2005.
I know this is a lot of heavy information, but this is an amazingly cool thing Lakewood Health System is doing. I’ll bet if we all thought hard enough, we’d think of someone in our lives who has been affected by FAS.
So remember the dates! To view these cuties live-and-in-living color, go to Lakewood Health System September 29th and 30th. Bidding starts October 4 at 9 a.m.” Visit www.lakewoodhealthsystem.com/bidsforkids
and place your bid. Get a super-cool Christmas gifts, and support a good cause all at the same time!
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