Florida Fights FASD: Recognizing the 40th Anniversary

of the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Diagnosis


Friday September 6, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM EDT
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3705 Spectrum Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33612

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Michelle Moreno, Director of Training and Quality Assurance 
The Florida Center: Early Childhood Training Institute 
941-371-8820 x1025 
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Each year in the U.S. between 35,000 and 40,000 babies are born with a fetal alcohol-related disorder. Most individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders are never diagnosed. Problems related to pre-natal alcohol exposure can include language, motor and cognitive delays which can include facial abnormalities, heart defects, and vision and hearing problems. The quality of life for individuals with FASD and their families can be drastically improved when appropriate interventions, services and support are initiated at a young age.  Some problems associated with FASD tend to intensify as children become adults and interventions become more challenging to implement.

The good news is that FASD is 100% preventable. Please join us to explore prevention, early intervention and long term treatment interventions for individuals affected by FASD.


Including Presentations by:

SUSAN ASTLEY, Ph.D. is an internationally acclaimed expert in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and a professor of Epidemiology and Pediatrics at the University of Washington. Among her many accomplishments Dr. Astley has served as the Director of the Washington State Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Diagnostic & Prevention Network since 1995.

PATTY FINLEY began her journey to recovery in 1983. With two small children and recently divorced Patty’s worst fears of FASD were realized when a social worker recognized the many delays of her 18 month old daughter.  Early intervention along with years of special education gave her daughter an opportunity to thrive and learn.  As a result of her recovery, Patty was able to complete her degree, become an active advocate for women seeking recovery and continue to make living amends to her daughter, now 30.

KATHRYN E. SHEA, MSW, LCSW is currently the President and CEO of The Florida Center for Early Childhood in Sarasota, FL. Kathryn is a National Trainer in Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health, Field Trainer for SAMHSA FASD Center for Excellence and the FL FASD State Coordinator to the National Association of FASD.  You will be inspired by Kathryn’s professional expertise and personal stories of raising Seth, her adopted son with fetal alcohol syndrome. 

CEU’s available for the following professions Florida Board of Clinical Social Work (LCSW), Marriage and Family Therapy (LMFT), Mental Health Counseling (LMHC), Dietician  and Nursing.


7:30         Breakfast

8:30         Welcome and Proclamation

8:45         FASD: From Discovery to Prevention

                Keynote Speaker: Susan Astley, Ph.D.

 10:15       Break

 10:30       A Message of Hope and Recovery for Mother and Child

                   Patty Finley      

 11:30       FL Fights FASD

                   Kathryn Shea, LCSW

 12:00       Lunch