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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

News
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

Edmonton and area Fetal Alcohol Network Society

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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