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April 13th 2010:Family Caregivers and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Teresa Kellerman and Bruce Ritchie are parents each with a child with fetal alcohol syndrome. This is caused by alcohol consumed by the child’s mother during pregnancy. Alcohol consumed during pregnancy is the leading cause of birth defects and childhood disability in North America. Its most critical effects are behavioral. These are the impulsiveness, the poor judgment, and the social immaturity that makes the child so vulnerable in school, community, and life. The child's emotional and social developmental age is about half the chronological age. Even as the child grows into adulthood his or

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Teresa Kellerman

Teresa Kellerman is Director of the FAS Community Resource Center in Tucson, Arizona. She’s the adoptive parent of a young man with FAS. She’s a popular speaker because of her personal experience and success as a parent, her extensive knowledge of current research, and her unique use of skits, poems, and props. With her 30 years experience, she supports families, and consults with professionals. She trains educators, social workers and foster parents. She facilitates support groups for families and caregivers. She’s a certified FASD trainer for the US federal government’s FASD Center for Excellence, the US Department of Justice, and the Native American Alliance Foundation. She’s the Fetal A
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