eLearning, Presentations, and Webinars
Early Intervention: Impact of Perinatal Substance Use on Infants (external website)
Early Impact Virginia
This module teaches family support professionals and other service providers how a pregnant mother's use of commonly abused substances can impact her fetus, and the signs, symptoms and effects of withdrawal, neonatal abstinence syndrome and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders on an infant and growing child. It prepares service providers to recognize pregnant mothers and infants at risk for SEI issues, develop a plan for referral, and support families in providing an optimal environment for their substance-exposed infants.
Substance Use: Risks and Effects in Pregnancy and Early Childhood Development (external website)
Early Impact Virginia
This module describes the disease model of addiction and the impact of substance use and addiction have on women and their unborn babies, infants and children. Participants will learn about the family support professional role in identifying possible substance use, making referrals and helping clients overcome barriers to treatment. The module includes a video about Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome and soothing techniques family support professionals can teach their clients. Finally, the module discusses important substance use legislation that all family support professionals must know.
The Problem of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (external website)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
This presentation defines neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), symptoms, associated drug exposure, terminology, incidence, prevention, and other public health issues.
Family-Centered Care and the Substance Exposed Infant – Parts I and II
VA’s Integrated Training Collaborative | Partnership for People with Disabilities
Presented by Kelly Walsh-Hill and Sharlene Stowers
Babies born in Virginia that are substance exposed have placed a new demand on Newborn Nurseries, NICUs, Social Services and Early Intervention. The unique characteristics of substance use and potential dependency in the pregnant mother requires a unique method of service delivery. Substance exposed infants are more likely to have language impairments, poor memory, and are at risk for further disruptive behavioral disorders. Early Intervention can be a catalyst for change that supports better outcomes. This webinar series addresses facts, myths, and skills needed to support family-centered care.