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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.

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.

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