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Dr. Ira Chasnoff: Cause and Consequence - Drugs, Alcohol, Pregnancy and th...

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Chautauqua Harbor Hotel

10 Dunham Avenue

Celoron, NY 14701

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Chautauqua County welcomes Dr. Ira Chasnoff for a NO COST community conversation about the issues of health and social welfare. Dr. Ira Chasnoff will conduct a community-based learning and planning experience that focuses on developing an effort to address pregnant and parenting women at risk for alcohol, tobacco and illicit drug use and, for those children who are born affected by prenatal exposure, ameliorating the effects through early intervention and the use of research-proven treatment strategies.

There are two dimensions:
1. Preventing prenatal substance exposure
2. Helping young children who have been substance-exposed (and other high-risk children) early in life when there is time to make a difference in their lives

In combination, these two dimensions help a community avoid the human and financial costs of prenatal substance exposure and serious emotional and behavioral problems of early childhood.

RSVP is required. Registration from 8:00 a.m.-8:30 a.m.

Ira J. Chasnoff, M.D., an award-winning author, researcher and lecturer, is president of NTI Upstream and a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago. He is one of the nation's leading researchers in the field of child development and the effects of maternal alcohol and drug use on the newborn infant and child. His research projects include a study of the long-term cognitive, behavioral and educational developmental effects of prenatal exposure to alcohol, cocaine, and other drugs; strategies for screening pregnant women for substance use; the effects on birth outcome of prenatal treatment and counseling for pregnant drug abusers; the effectiveness of both outpatient and residential treatment programs for pregnant drug abusers; and innovative treatment approaches for children affected by prenatal exposure to alcohol or illicit drugs. Dr. Chasnoff led the development and operation of a laboratory preschool classroom to develop specific interventions for children prenatally exposed to alcohol and other drugs and developed a model Head Start Family Service Center for children and their families at risk from drugs and the drug-seeking environment. In addition, Dr. Chasnoff directed one of five national sites conducting research into the integration of behavioral health interventions into primary health care services for high-risk children and their families, and through this project studied the impact of concurrent planning on permanency placement for children in the foster care system. Since 2002, Dr. Chasnoff has been leading cutting edge research into innovative treatment for children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.

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