This workshop is for both professionals and families.
Many children coming into care were prenatally exposed to drugs and/or alcohol, and with the current opioid epidemic, the numbers are increasing. We will explore risk factors, look at the connection between brain impairment and behaviors, including impact of trauma & discuss reframing and other strategies for professionals and parents to better support children who were prenatally exposed to substances. Participants will be able to: 1) Explore risk factors when illicit drugs, alcohol, and tobacco are used during pregnancy; 2) Make connections between brain impairment and behaviors; 3) Explore diagnoses related to prenatal exposure; 4) Identify “red flags” for children who are struggling; 5) Consider co-morbid conditions, including impact of trauma; 6) Discuss reframing and other strategies. Barb will use many examples from her own family and families she has worked with over the years to help families understand how to parent outside of the box.
MN ADOPT and St. Louis County welcome presenter Barb Clark-
Barb Clark attended the University of Minnesota and graduated with a B.I.S. in Youth Studies, Sociology and English. She has spent over 25 years working with at-risk youth in public schools and the non-profit sector. Barb and her husband are the parents of four adopted children, the oldest of which is diagnosed with a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Barb works at the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) and provides training around the continent on trauma-informed parenting, post adoption support & various topics. She also provides training and consulting with schools, agencies and families to improve the education and lives of young people who were prenatally exposed to drugs and alcohol and are either diagnosed or suspected of having an FASD.