The Impact of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure on Children

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This talk focuses on the impact of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) on children and their families. Research suggests that FASD affects at least 1 in 100 children worldwide, and much higher in certain regions and countries - making it as common if not more so than most well-known developmental disabilities. Yet the majority of children are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, and few practitioners in Hong Kong are trained or prepared to recognize or treat the unique challenges that come with FASD. Rates of FASD are particularly high in children who have been in care, including adopted and fostered children, as well as those whose parents have problematic substance use histories. Practitioners will benefit from a deeper understanding of best practices with children who have or are suspected of having been exposed in-utero to alcohol.


Erica Liu Wollin, PsyD, MA is a Registered Clinical Psychologist in Hong Kong and Licensed Psychologist in the US(CA). Her private practice in Sheung Wan focuses on adults, adolescents, and children with Complex Trauma. She is also an adoptive parent and works with adoptive families. She is a Certified EMDR Therapist and Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) Provider. Dr. Wollin serves on the Steering Committee of Adoptive Families of Hong Kong, is a consultant and trainer for Mother's Choice, and oversees a group for HK practitioners and parents interested in FASD. She is a regular speaker and trainer, has been a clinical supervisor for a number of doctoral programs, and has a background in university mental health as well.