Addtional Support Services
Clinical Services: The
Arc's clinical services coordinator works as part of a team that
focuses on improving the quality of life for persons with developmental
disabilities by concentrating on specific aspects of an individual's
behavior. Team members conduct individual assessments and work
with the consumer to develop an intervention plan.
Staff Training: The Arc's Training
Coordinator provides basic training for staff in the areas of
developmental disabilities, abuse and neglect, outcome measurements,
behavior and crisis intervention, esteem building, medication
monitoring, CPR and first aid.
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) Education
The Arc of Atlantic County has an office of FAS Outreach and Education. Through
the work of this office, in coordination with the NJ Office for Prevention
of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, over 6,000 Atlantic County
residents-from school age children to senior parishioners-have heard about
the risk of drinking alcohol while pregnant.
According to the National Institutes of Health,
of every 10,000 babies born in the United States, 120 have FAS
or Alcohol Related Neurodevelopmental Disorders (ARND). FAS is
the only known cause of mental retardation which is 100 percent
FAS is difficult to diagnose but some of the
characteristics include attention deficits, memory deficits,
hyperactivity, difficulty with abstract concepts, poor problem
solving skills, poor judgment, difficulty learning consequences,
immature behavior and poor impulse control. There are also physical
characteristics such as low birth weight, small head circumference,
small and widely placed eyes, flat mid-face, short upturned nose,
thin upper lip, epicanthal folds, smooth and wide philtrum, and
an underdeveloped jaw.
Because of the difficulty in diagnosing FAS and
the hesitancy of some parents to pursue the diagnosis, The Arc
is proud to offer free education on this important matter.