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CPI, an international organization focusing on safe behaviour management, recently posted an article written by behavioural therapist Chris Arnold. Arnold Describes key issues faced by individuals with FASD and  how to best support these individuals.

It is a great read -worth checking out if you are looking to learn a little bit more about what life is like for a person with FASD and how we can help them with daily struggles.

Arnold covers some key issues faced by individuals with FASD such as anxiety, the invisibility of the disability, the need for ongoing re-learning, and trouble with: structure, sequences, verbal instructions, understanding cause and effect, and understanding abstracts and generalizations. He discusses how we may misunderstand many of these issues and the implications our misunderstanding may have, as well as specific strategies to support people with FASD.

Click here to read the article

For those of you who are not yet subscribers to our iNAT e-newsletter on FASD Interventions, subscribe now to receive the upcoming Fall 2015 edition. The iNAT e-newsletter focuses on research, news, events, organizations and individual stories pertaining to FASD intervention. This edition will feature research findings from the CanFASD/University of Alberta Caregiver Needs project, as well as a story about an Ontario school that has been in the news regarding its program for youth with FASD, and more.

To access previous copies of the newsletter, visit the iNAT page on the CanFASD website.


FASD Intervention:

Great blog post from Edmonton Fetal Alcohol Network Society about breaking the cycle of FASD

Originally posted on Edmonton and area Fetal Alcohol Network Society:

KTUU-TV report on a young woman’s decision to break FASD cycle.  She was born with FASD and choose not to pass that on to her daughter.  She stopped drinking when she found out that she was pregnant and remained sober for he sake of her child.

Ari Schablein, who has a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, or FASD, says she stopped drinking when she found out she was pregnant.

“I didn’t want to make the same mistakes I’ve known my whole life, since I’ve been able to understand what FAS was,” Schablein said. “I didn’t want to pass it on to my daughter.”

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and other FASDs are an entirely preventable form of brain damaged caused by a mother drinking while pregnant. According to the state, 160 children in Alaska are born affected by prenatal alcohol exposure each year. The condition can have a profound impact on learning ability and…

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A great resource for educators working with students with FASD! See the text below from the Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium:

Together, the Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium and the Learning Network, in partnership with Dr. Jacqueline Pei, her team and Alberta Education,  are pleased to provide an excellent resource to support educators working with students with FASD…

Professionals without Parachutes: Supporting Students with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

This resource includes videos and accompanying learning guides designed for use by professional learning communities, learning coaches and teacher leaders or as a self-paced study.


Understanding medical and disability implications of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is essential for getting to know students with FASD, planning effective instruction and providing the right level of classroom support.

Developed by Dr. Jacqueline Pei and her colleagues, Stephanie Hayes and Alethea Heudes. This PD resource provides an explanation of FASD, its effect on the brain and the impact it can have on student learning, social/emotional behaviour and the classroom environment. Strategies for designing classroom instruction and routines to support students with FASD are also highlighted.

Each of the videos and accompanying learning guides are organized as modules and focus on the following:

Module One: Prenatal Alcohol Exposure and the Developing Brain

Module Two: Brain Structure Versus Brain Function

Module Three: The Brain and Emotional Regulation

Link to the resources:



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The Lethbridge Herald recently published an article titled “Women help guide FASD clients in judicial system” highlighting the work of two Lethbridge Regional Police workers (and a therapy dog!) in their efforts to help individuals with FASD navigate the justice system and to help the justice system understand FASD.

Adult FASD Justice Program Co-ordinator Sabrina Hacker and Youth FASD Justice Program Co-ordinator Roberta Smallbones act as advocates for individuals with FASD and as a source of reliable information about FASD for justice professionals. As for the dog: he provides a calming presence, relieving stress and anxiety for clients.

Read the article to learn more about the work being done by these individuals in Lethbridge.

Visit the KnowFASD justice page to learn more about FASD and trouble with the law and to view intervention resources and links.

Originally posted on Edmonton and area Fetal Alcohol Network Society:

Thank you NOFAS for this Webinar

Though not everyone with an FASD gets in trouble with the law, research shows that these incidents occur far too frequently. This webinar will discuss research on how commonly troubles with the law occurs for people with FASD, and how many of the cognitive difficulties that occur in FASD can lead to problems when interacting with police, attorneys, and judges. Becoming involved with the justice system can be an overwhelming experience both for the person who has been arrested and the family. Steps that the family can take to help navigate this system and minimize the chances of falling through the cracks in the system will also be discussed.

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Today is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day!

From the Public Health Agency of Canada: “Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term used to describe the range of disabilities that result from prenatal alcohol exposure. It is the leading known cause of developmental disability in Canada.”

FASD is 100% preventable. No alcohol during pregnancy is the best option in FASD prevention.

Learn about FASD on our website: 

Visit the site’s wiki for more in depth information including FASD intervention options and links to helpful resources.


After what seems like far too long, KnowFASD is back in operation! To those of you who use the site regularly and have been waiting for its return, thank you for your patience.

If you have never visited the site, please feel free to drop by and check it out! Take a browse through the interactive home page and learn more/find help on the site’s wiki.

Our goal with KnowFASD is to provide a comprehensive site where viewers can learn about the neurobehavioural deficits associated with FASD throughout the lifespan and link to intervention options.

The main homepage of the website is an interactive interface where viewers can scroll through the lifespan of individuals with FASD, with neurobehavioural issues at each developmental stage presented as they may appear in day-to-day life. By clicking on a neurobehavioural issue, viewers are directed to a “wiki” (which works in a similar fashion to Wikipedia) housing information from current research on the neurobehavioural issue at hand. Each wiki page discusses a specific neurobehavioural issue: how it presents, potential causes, and potential consequences. At the bottom of each page, a link is provided to topic-specific intervention options.

Please feel free to visit the site, pass it along, and give us your feedback or suggestions. Check back often as we continue to upload information, links, and resources.

Visit KnowFASD

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Don’t forget to sign up for this month’s upcoming Alberta FASD Learning Series online session: “What’s New in FASD Research” on May 20, 2015, 9-11 AM MST.

Click here to learn more and to register (registration is free and the sessions are presented online, so you can attend from anywhere!)

You can also check out recordings of previous sessions to see what has been presented in the past.


A quick reminder that the “Strongest Families” research study is still recruiting participants.

If you have a child with FASD age 4-12, live in Canada, and would like help with your child’s challenging behaviours, you may be eligible to participate!

Check out the You Tube video above for more information or click here to sign up.


Previous posts on this research program:

Strongest Families Research Program- Now Recruiting Participants

Strongest Families Research Program

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