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In 2012, we posted “A Video Game that Actually Helps” about a video game called “Caribbean Quest” designed for kids with FASD.  The game aims to improve cognitive function and self regulation and has shown promising results thus far.

Caribbean Quest has been used with children on a one-to-one basis with a support coach and in small groups through the University of Victoria and and the University of Alberta. Research will now take place in larger groups at David Livingston School in Winnipeg to determine the efficacy of the game in a classroom setting.

Read/view news about the program through CTV Winnipeg 

Learn more about Caribbean quest through the University of Victoria

*Note: Given that iNAT researchers have been involved with the implementation of the program, we have received several questions regarding distribution of the game for public use. Unfortunately, the game is still in the “research” stages and is not currently available for public use. We will be sure to let you know if it becomes available!

 

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For the past 6 years, Lakeland Centre for FASD (LCFASD) has hosted summer camps specifically for kids with FASD. We are big fans of the work they do and have posted about their camps several times before. The camp employs FASD educated staff and provides children and teens with a safe environment in which they can  gain social skills and daily living skills while having fun outdoors.

 

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This year, in order to raise funds to build a new camp, 3 staff from the LCFASD will be participating in a “Survivor” competition in which they must complete challenges and battle the elements. Funds raised will go to the LCFASD summer camp. Survivor Lakeland is hoping to raise a minimum of $20000 for the organization. You can read a recent news article posted by the Cold Lake Sun on the competition and the LCFASD’s involvement or visit the Survivor Lakeland webpage to learn more about the competition and donate to the contestants (FYI Lakeland’s contestants are Tracey Knowlton, Tessa Mark and Tabrina Stenz).

LCFASD is also partnering with rainbarrel.ca to sell rain barrels to homes in the surrounding area in order to raise money. You can read more and order a rain barrel online to help them out.

If you are interested in registering your child for this year’s Lakeland Centre for FASD summer camp, the registration form can be found here.

For more information on Lakeland Centre for FASD’s supports and services, visit their website or send them an email at admin@lcfasd.com

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Keewatin Public School in Kenora, Ontario will soon introduce a program aimed specifically at FASD. The “Transitions North” program follows 2 already established FASD programs in Dryden and Sioux Lookout through the Keewatin Patricia District School Board.

Elements of the program include staff trained by FASD experts as well as a warm classroom environment with accommodations for the sensory needs of students, such as minimal distractions and sensory materials available for use.

To read about the Transitions North program (along with related articles on the implementation and success of the program in other cities in Ontario) read “FASD Program Coming to Keewatin Public School” through Kenora Online.

The Keewatin Patricia District school board was also previously involved with the “Eliminating Barriers Building Bridges” regional FASD research project, in which agencies sought to increase placement stability and improve outcomes for kids with FASD through enhanced support and understanding of FASD for teachers and caregivers.

To read more about the previous “Eliminating Barriers Building Bridges” program, click here. To read the final evaluation of the program, click here.

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