MOFAS YAAC

Another FASD social group from MOFAS!

If you are an individual living with FASD, Minnesota would not be a bad place to be! The Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing FASD and improving the lives of those dealing with FASD. They run numerous events, learning opportunities, and support groups throughout the year.

We have featured many programs and events offered by MOFAS in the past on this blog. The latest MOFAS program that drew our attention is their “Young Adults Activity Club” (YAAC), where older adolescents and young adults with FASD can participate in social activities while caregivers take a break.

Given the social difficulties that can come with FASD and the harmful consequences they often hold (For a review, see Kully-Martens, Denys, Treit, Tamana, & Rasmussen, 2012 or check out our social skills page on the KnowFASD wiki to learn more), social exposure for adolescents and adults with FASD is valuable. This program provides a great example of the social opportunities needed by individuals with FASD, while providing the opportunity for caregivers to have some down time (it is recommended that individuals with FASD bring a friend or personal care assistant to the group).

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For other MOFAS programs and learning opportunities, check out their Fall 2013 Family Support and Activities and the MOFAS Calendar.

References:

Kully-Martens, K., Denys, K., Treit, S., Tamana, S., Rasmussen, C. (2012). A review of social skills deficits in individuals with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and prenatal alcohol exposure: profiles, mechanisms, and interventions. Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research, 36(4), 568-76.

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