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Yes, early intervention is extremely important for a child with FASD, but we need to remember that  many of the difficulties that children with FASD experience continue into adulthood. It is important that services continue after a child has completed their school-age years. Unfortunately, many adults and older individuals with FASD have a hard time accessing services and end up experiencing many secondary disabilities, such as financial difficulty, trouble in the workplace, and inability to live independently.

So I was delighted to come across an article called “When the Bus Stops Coming: Special Education Students Face Life After Graduation” in Leesburg Today from Loudon County, Virginia about the services offered by Loudon County Public Schools’ (LCPS) Career Transition Services Department. The department recently hosted a fair called “When the Bus Stops Coming” to provide employment and housing information to students who will likely not be able to live/work independently following the transition from school into adulthood.

Several times in the article, the apparent lack of resources and options for these teens/adults with disabilities is mentioned.  In response to this, the article mentions several great resources in the county and the state, such as:

FOR OUR CANADIAN READERS:

The article stresses the importance of starting early when transition planning. Start researching now! In order to help you get your planning underway, check out these Canadian sites:
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LMAPD Report by Province Pages in each province’s most recent annual LMAPD report outlining employment services in that province for adults with disabilities:
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Anyone who has lived or worked with a child with special needs knows the importance consistency, structure and preparedness.

The Edmonton Fetal Alcohol Network (EFAN) has some great tricks up their sleeve for FASD related difficulties. Check out their tips on keeping things consistent.

The internet is a wealth of information. Check out these new videos and webinars related to FASD intervention…

FASD Learning Series “Cognitive Interventions to Improve Math Skills”

This month’s FASD Learning Series webcast isCognitive Interventions to Improve Math Skills” Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 9-11 AM.

Topics to be discussed:

  • Research on FASD memory interventions
  • Math interventions in other clinical populations, and their implications for FASD
  • Specific intervention strategies
  • Evidence based practice
  • Application of research

Register now to attend the FREE live webcast.

Check out the Government of Alberta’s FASD Learning Series page to watch archived videos from previous presentations.

Neurodevnet FASD Video Resources

NeuroDevNet is trans-Canada research initiative that studies brain development in children.

On their resources page, the FASD Family Support video is a compilation of personal anecdotes about the need for support for families of children with FASD.

Some tips for families from the speakers in the video:

  • Try to find something every day to make the child with FASD feel good about what they are doing. Find something to pat them on the back for.
  • Think positive. Look for reasons to keep trying.
  • Have a good support system.
  • Trust your instincts and “think outside the box.”
  • Nurture children with FASD and remember to deal with them according to their functional age, which may be younger than their chronological age.
  • It is important for the child to self-advocate.

Below the videos, there are also several good links to web-based resources.

For Healthcare Providers: Free FASD Webinars Funded by the American Academy of Pediatrics, New Jersey Chapter

Part 2 of  the American Academy of Pediatrics funded webinars covers Assessment and Management of FASD.

The webinar will discuss areas of need for individuals with FASD and their clinical implications, distinguishing between  FASD and similar diagnoses, and management of FASD care coordination. The webinar will air on March 20, 2012, from 12:15-1:30 PM, EDT. Register here.

New Video about Movement, Attention and Learning from BC’s Provincial Outreach Program for FASD (POPFASD).

Chris Rowan of Sunshine Coast Occupational Therapy, Inc. speaks about the importance of movement and the stimulation of proprioception and the vestibular system as a precursor to attention and learning.

Watch the video on the POPFASD website.

The POPFASD website also contains a strong library of past eLearning videos with some great intervention information!

To Our Readers:

Do you know of a resource or webinar that you would like to share? Leave us a comment!

CBC has shared some good news about FASD in New Brunswick.

The provincial government along with the regional health authorities and Family Service Moncton will create a new centre for those with FASD in Moncton.

The centre will:

  • Provide bilingual FASD prevention, assessment, and intervention.
  • Provide assistance to those with FASD and their families through the care of community officials.
  • Develop culturally appropriate services for First Nations clients.

Read CBC’s article on Moncton’s new FASD Centre.

Source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/story/2012/02/28/nb-fetal-alcohol-disorder-centre-1246.html

Other non-FASD specific intervention services offered by Family Service Moncton:

  • Family, Couple and Individual Therapy
  • Family Education Programs
  • Family Service Employee Assistance Program (FSEAP)- Services collaborating with employers and unions.
  • Grouplogik Consultation & Training Workplace training and consultation services to corporations and agencies.
  • Mediation
  • OPTION: Intimate Partner Violence Treatment Programs
  • Psychological Services
  • Sexual Abuse Family Treatment Program

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