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About NOFAS Illinois

Are you looking for therapeutic services for symptoms of FASD, such as attention deficit and anxiety? Call today for an appointment: 630-548-4501. Or, click here: NCFII services for FASD.

NOFAS Illinois is the state affiliate of the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. The primary goal of NOFAS Illinois is to prevent alcohol use during pregnancy. We achieve this goal through education, advocacy and support. We connect people to resources about fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.

EDUCATION

 

WHO: To spread information and increase awareness, NOFAS Illinois works with the public, practitioners, clinicians and policymakers. Among others, these include parents, high school and college students, educators, medical professionals, human services professionals, first responders, faith leaders, and others who encounter or work with persons with an FASD. In its advocacy work to improve the system of care, NOFAS Illinois works with researchers, policymakers, and the many Illinoisans who represent the interests of persons with FASD.

WHAT: We share the latest research, and connect people to resources. A critical, ongoing need is informing people about how alcohol use during pregnancy affects the developing brain of a fetus and causes lifelong problems.

WHEN: Since 2006, NOFAS Illinois has been actively involved in raising public awareness, educating people and mobilizing grassroots action. Staff are available weekdays, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., to answer your questions and connect you to resources. Phone: 630-548-4501.

WHERE and HOW: NOFAS Illinois hosts or participates in forums, conferences, presentations and workshops across Illinois. In addition, we make printed and digital resources available for distribution.

WHY: Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders are 100% preventable! The use of alcohol during pregnancy is a serious, ongoing challenge. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that “the full range of FASDs in the United States and some Western European countries might number as high as 20 to 50 out of 1,000 school children (or 2% to 5% of the population)”. [Source: www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/fasd/data.html]

ADVOCACY

 

NOFAS informs policymakers at all levels of government about the need to raise awareness and to establish guidelines and practices that keep the public informed about the dangers and prevalence of FASD. NOFAS also works to reduce the stigma, and develop adequate supports and services for FASD in Illinois communities.

Some recent results of advocacy efforts include the designation of September 9 as Illinois Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Awareness Day by Gov. Patrick Quinn. In 2010, DuPage County States Attorney Joseph Birkett and NOFAS established the DuPage County FASD Task Force. Also, the Illinois legislature passed a law requiring county clerks to distribute, along with every marriage license, a pamphlet that describes the dangers of alcohol use during pregnancy. The pamphlet is printed in English and Spanish.

SUPPORT

 

Illinois NOFAS continues to expand its efforts to support those already affected by FASD. It established the Illinois Center for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (ICFASD) in March 2011. More recently, the center changed its name to the Neurofeedback, Counseling and FASD Institute of Illinois (NCFII) to reflect an increased commitment to therapeutic services. NCFII offers services and supports to persons with FASD, their families and the professionals who work with them.

The Neurofeedback, Counseling and FASD Institute of Illinois (NCFII)
The NCFII serves persons affected with a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and their caregivers.

Services include:

  • Weekly Skills Achievement Groups for children diagnosed with an FASD. Each group includes a simultaneous session for the parents.
  • Consultation services for parents of a child with an FASD
  • Consultation services for clinicians and other professionals working with a child with an FASD and/or the family
  • Screening, evaluation and referrals for diagnostic services
  • Parent educational seminar, “Decoding Some Challenging Behaviors”, to help parents deal with recurrent, socially unacceptable behavior
  • QEEG-guided EEG biofeedback interventions with counseling specific to FASD issues
  • Individual therapy services for individuals with an FASD, along with couples and family counseling.

Support groups include:

  • Parents Support Group – for siblings of persons with an FASD
  • Siblings Support Group – for siblings of persons with an FASD
  • Fathers Support Group – for fathers of children with an FASD.

For more information, call 630-548-4501.

About QEEG Guided Neurofeedback Training
The Nuerofeedback, Counseling and FASD Institute of Illinois offers EEG assessments, QEEG analysis and neurotherapy trainings. Conditions we treat include: FASD, ADHD, anxiety disorders, learning disorders, mood disorders, impulse control disorders, autism spectrum disorders, anger issues, social skills deficits, cognitive and behavioral issues. The NCFII accepts most major insurance plans and Medicaid, and we work with families to set up a payment plan, if needed.

About Trinity Services
Trinity Services is a nonprofit, non-sectarian organization that began in 1950 as a small school operated by parents for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Today, Trinity provides a range of services to more than 3,500 children and adults, in 30 communities in northern Illinois, and communities in central and southwest Illinois and Reno, Nevada. Learn more at www.trinity-services.org.

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