In Conversation… Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

Matt Kempen

Marketing Manager for ACAMH

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Dr. Jennifer Shields & Dr. Sarah Brown discuss Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) with freelance journalist Jo Carlowe.

FASD is the most common preventable non-genetic cause of neurodevelopmental disorders in the UK. FASD is an umbrella term used to describe the range of effects that can occur in an individual with prenatal alcohol exposure. These effects can have lifelong implications including physical, mental, behavior, and/or learning issues.

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Dr. Jennifer Shields
Dr. Jennifer Shields

Principal Clinical Psychologist for the Scottish Government Fetal Alcohol Advisory and Support Team (FAAST) based in NHS Ayrshire and Arran. Principal Educator for Autism (NHS Education Scotland)

Following two years working for the West Dunbartonshire Acquired Brain Injury Service, Dr. Shields completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Glasgow. Alongside her clinical post within the Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service in North Ayrshire, she also completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Paediatric Clinical Neuropsychology at University College London. Dr. Shields has a longstanding interest in neurodevelopmental conditions and acquired brain injury. She was a member of the working group for the SIGN Guideline for Autism (145) and is currently a member of the working group for the SIGN Guideline for FASD.

Dr. Sarah Brown
Dr. Sarah Brown

Consultant Paediatrician, Rainbow House Child Development Centre, NHS Ayrshire & Arran

Dr Brown has longstanding interests in advocating for the needs of Looked After and Accommodated Children and is the Lead Paediatrician for LAAC Health within Ayrshire. Dr Brown is the Lead Clinician for the Scottish Government Fetal Alcohol Advisory and Support Team and is committed to supporting the nationwide development of FASD services and improving clinician confidence in the diagnosis of FASD. She regularly teaches and presents at conferences on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and is a member of the FASD SIGN Guideline Group.



I’m a specialist midwife working with mothers who misuse substances including alcohol. I would be interested in attending this. Unfortunately many women still dont understand the effect alcohol can cause and professionals also need to fully understand the consequences of alcohol and how to support women in brief interventions.

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