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.

Sleep Disorders

What?

Children with an FASD often have problems with sleeping. Some of the problems include difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, bedwetting, having nightmares, and waking up early. These problems may be caused by over sensitivity to stimuli such as light, sound, and touch that can be very distracting and keep a child with FASD from falling asleep. Sleep disorders can also result from hormonal imbalances and damage to the brain stem in children with FASD.

Strategies

There are several strategies that might help your child sleep better. Some of these include:

  • Relaxation techniques such as deep breathing
  • Playing calming music with no words
  • Setting up a very structured bed time routine to be repeated each night in the hours leading up to bed time
  • Discussing in detail what the child is going to dream about that night t h e house. To assist with this, including all the five senses
  • Clearing out all distractions from the child’s room and simplifying the walls
  • Muscle relaxants such as Dramamine, which also help with hypertonia- an abnormal increase in muscle tone (only with a doctors approval)
  • Over the counter sleep medications such as Melatonin (only with a doctors approval), or prescription medication
  • Putting an alarm on their child’s door at night so when the child wakes up, he may not leave the room and the parent is able to get up and supervise the child. This helps parents sleep more soundly.

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More strategies to help your child sleep.

“Sleep is impacted by several mental health disorders. Bipolar children in a manic phase tend to need less sleep. The doctor may want to prescribe medication for this. Children with depression may want to sleep all the time. It is very important to keep a routine as much as possible during this time. Sara would wake up early and go into a panic thinking she had missed breakfast or was late for school, which woke up the other children in we set up certain rules about what time she could come out of her room in the morning. We also set up a schedule and a clock outside her bedroom door so she would be able to see the time and where on the schedule it was so her anxiety went down. Once we did that she was happy to read a book or play with her toys in her room until it was time to get up.”  -Melanie, parent

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