The NST and Screening for Youth Probation Officers

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The NST is a simple pen and paper questionnaire, which is based on 10 individual items representing common areas of parent reported behavioural concerns in children with FASD.  It is intended to be used as a brief screening instrument as part of a diagnostic interview conducted by a psychologist, in a variety of settings. Scores from the NST are able to statistically differentiate children with a suspected FASD from typically developing children, children with ADHD, and children with ODD/CD.  The presentation will focus on NST research to date, as well describe how the tool may be used in a clinical setting through a case vignette.

Dr. Conry will discuss the Probation Officer Screening and Referral Tool for use by youth probation officers. Developed by the Youth Justice FASD Program at the Asante Centre for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (Maple Ridge, B.C.), it is based on the scientific literature and clinical experience in making FASD diagnoses. A simple checklist of environmental and personal youth factors has been found to be effective in identifying youth who are likely to receive an FASD diagnosis, when assessed. This presentation will discuss the development of the tool, its use, and the need for future research to establish its validity. The screening and referral tool as well as the accompanying guidebook are available for free download on the Asante Centre website at Dr. Chudley will discuss research emerging on how the tool can be potentially introduced and evaluated at the Manitoba FASD Youth Justice Program at the Manitoba Youth Centre.



Kelly Nash

Kelly is currently entering the last year of her PhD in School and Clinical Psychology at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. Her research interests lie in understanding the neurobehavioural phenotype in children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), with a particular interest in improving and developing diagnostic and intervention strategies. Her doctoral research focuses on evaluating the behavioural and neuroplastic outcomes following self-regulation therapy for children with FASD.  Kelly is a recipient of a Canadian Institute of Health Research Fredrick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship.

Dr. Albert Chudley

Dr. Albert Chudley is currently Medical Director of the Genetics and Metabolism Program with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health and the Department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics, University of Manitoba. He has been a consultant on issues related to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD) provincially, nationally and internationally. He is a former member of the Public Health Agency of Canada’s National Advisory Committee on FASD. He is a co-author of the Canadian FASD Diagnostic Guidelines (CMAJ, 2005). He is a Steering Committee member of CAPHC’s National FASD Screening Tool Development Initiative.

Dr. Julianne Conry

Dr. Julianne Conry received her Ph.D. in 1969 from the University of Wisconsin and retired from the University of British Columbia in 2001 after 33 years in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology and Special Education. She currently provides the psychological assessments as part of the multidisciplinary team evaluations for FASD at the Asante Centre for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in Maple Ridge, British Columbia. With Drs. Diane Fast and Christine Loock, she collaborated on the first Canadian prevalence study of youth with FASD in the criminal Justice System and, with Dr. Fast, coauthored the book, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and the Criminal Justice System (2000). She is a former member of the Public Health Agency of Canada's National Advisory Committee on FASD, co-authoring “Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Canadian Guidelines for Diagnosis”(CMAJ) March 2005.


This webinar was made possible through a contribution agreement between the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and the Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres.

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