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).
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.
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.
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.
Physical therapy uses exercises and equipment to help an individual improve their physical abilities. Physical therapy can be very helpful for individuals with an FASD because it helps minimize physical impairments that often accompany disability. In addition to maximizing an individual’s strength and endurance, physical therapy also focuses on relaxation techniques, which can be extremely beneficial for individuals with an FASD. Individuals can receive physical therapy in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, extended care facilities, diagnostic clinics, academic institutions, fitness and wellness centers, as well as in many other settings.
People that may benefit from physical therapy include those recovering from an injury or stroke, children with muscular or skeletal birth defects, and individuals with an FASD.
When first meeting with a physical therapist, an individual undergoes an initial examination or evaluation to determine the individuals current level of physical ability and the goals the individual hopes to accomplish through therapy. Some individuals will require nothing more than a recommendation as to what steps they can take on their own to improve physical abilities. Other individuals will require physical therapy at regular intervals.
For more information, visit the American Physical Therapy Association website.
“In addition to her ARND, our daughter also has cerebral palsy and requires physical therapy at regular intervals. Traditional physical therapy was not improving her condition. We heard that a chiropractor practicing the Gonstead Technique was having success in individuals with CP. She started with regular adjustments five years ago. She could not run, skip, jump or stand up straight, even with years of traditional physical therapy (although I do credit regular physical therapy with enabling her to walk). Today she is 16 years old, and I can hardly tell that she is physically impaired. She runs and plays ball with my younger sons and rides her bike with minimal effort.” -Eve, parent