Formerly known as MOFAS: Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Exciting News
from MOFAS

If you're looking for the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS) you have come to the right place. We have some exciting news about our organization. We have a new name! MOFAS has officially been renamed Proof Alliance. Our mission remains the same: to prevent prenatal alcohol exposure and to improve the quality of life for people living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).

Why PR%F

We now have the proof that prenatal alcohol exposure is a leading cause of brain injury in children. We have the proof that FASD is 100% preventable and people living with an FASD can reach 100% of their potential.

Why Alliance?

We seek to build powerful alliances with people with an FASD, their families, legislators, experts in the field, new partners, and community members to bring awareness, research, and services to this field.

What's Next?

Proof Alliance is rebranding, expanding, and we're moving! We have a new logo, website, and prevention campaign to help change the norms around drinking during pregnancy. And in May 2019 we will be moving to a stand-alone building. Proof Alliance commits to the people of Minnesota and we will continue to develop transformative programs to help Minnesotans impacted by FASD.

Exercising Your Brain- Learning Rx Style

By: Alexa McIndoe, alexa@mofas.org

When people tell you about their New Year resolutions most of them would include eating healthy or exercising. But do people ever think about exercising their brain? If you think about consistently lifting weights, you’ll expect your muscles to show results. But when it comes to exercising our brain we have to approaching things differently. This week MOFAS had a lunch and learn with Learning Rx that helped explain how they can help families with children with an FASD.

Learning Rx is a brain training center where they help people of all ages, including those who have many different disabilities, where they train their brains to develop those core brain skills. People often come to them because their children are struggling with school whether it is in the classroom or assignments at home. Learning Rx is different than a tutor because they focus on treating the root of why these students are having trouble, not just passing a test.

Learning Rx defined learning problems as “Taking too long, requiring too much effort, and ending up in too much frustration every time a child faces a new learning challenge.”

This can be due to the child having a short attention, not being able to retain information for periods of time, trouble with following multiple steps, needs repetition, not being able to recall information they knew before, and more. This all sounds very similar to those who are living with an FASD.

So how do they do this you ask? During their assessment, they break up all the different parts on how one learns and create a specific program for that person. This includes focusing on their attention, processing speed, working memory, logic and reasoning, long-term memory, auditory processing, and visual processing.

To help strengthen the brain, they use different types of mental exercises. These sessions are also one-on-one so there are different goals for every child and different exercises tailored to what the child needs help with. For example the short video below has a quick example of an exercise they use that you should try.

Learning Rx has offered those referred by MOFAS a FREE cognitive skills assessment and consultation. To find out more you can visit www.learningrx.com

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