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Conference agenda and registration now available for the 7th National Biennial Conference on Adolescents and Adults with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)!

Research on FASD tends to focus on childhood, with a relatively small body of literature on the effects of FASD later in life. Given that FASD is a lifelong condition, it is essential that research investigate the effects of these diagnoses throughout the lifespan- including adolescence and adulthood- which is exactly what this conference focuses on! You can even check out a presentation by iNAT members (creators of this blog) about findings from our research on caregiver needs, partnered with the University of Alberta (the presentation is titled “Supporting Adolescents and Adults with FASD: The Impact on Caregivers”).

The conference will take place April 6-9, 2016 in Vancouver, BC.

For more information, check out the links below:

Conference Website

Conference Brochure outlining program/presentations and general information

Register

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Research participation opportunity for families in Edmonton with children with FASD  or prenatal alcohol exposure age 5-13. Typically developing children are also invited to participate!

The study involves a memory training program aimed at improving your child’s working memory. The program can be completed on your own computer at home. Please click on the image above to learn more.

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The latest edition of the iNAT FASD Intervention Newsletter is now available!

This season’s newsletter includes a spotlight on an Ontario school with an FASD-specific program, information about Dr. Michelle Stewart, (CanFASD’s Strategic Lead for Justice Interventions), and a sneak peak of findings from our research examining caregiver needs and stress.

You can read a copy of the newsletter here and subscribe to receive future editions.

Source: Register Now for the December 04, 2015 FASD Webcast

Great blog post from Edmonton Fetal Alcohol Network:

 

Northern Ontario pilot project aims to get MedicAlert bracelets for people with FASD

Image source: http://www.crisisprevention.com/Blog/September-2015/FASD

 

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

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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.

 

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

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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.

Description:

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:  http://www.engagingalllearners.ca/il/supporting-students-with-fasd/

 

 

Image source: http://lethbridgeherald.com/news/local-news/2015/09/12/women-help-guide-fasd-clients-in-judicial-system/

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.

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