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Another FASD summer camp update!

Whitecrow Village

In last year’s post on FASD summer camps for kids with FASD, we mentioned the FASD LIFE Sessions offered by Whitecrow Village. LIFE Sessions reinforce the concepts of structure, predictability/consistency, and respect through adapted activities for children with team leaders who have FASD themselves. These activities run concurrently with education sessions for adults. Children, families, and Whitecrow Village staff work and learn together to create a sense of community. All ages and family members welcome. Children under 19 must be accompanied by an adult caregiver or legal guardian.

We contacted Whitecrow Village to get the scoop on this year’s LIFE Sessions opportunities. They have let us know that they have received funding for at least 2 LIFE Sessions in BC this year and have proposed for one LIFE Session  in Alaska in late summer/early fall.

For more information about this year’s sessions and schedule, contact Whitecrow Village by phone or email, join their “Friends of Whitecrow Village” Facebook group, or check out the organization’s Facebook page. Head to the Whitecrow Village LIFE Sessions webpage to learn more about the content of the sessions.

Continuing in the vein of last month’s “Supports for Adults with FASD,” we wanted to make note of a couple more great adult FASD support services offered in the province of British Columbia.

Soroptimist International of Surrey/Delta, part of an international organization for the benefit of women, hosts biweekly inclusive social and learning groups for women age 16-24 with FASD.

The group is entitled “Totally Beautiful” and meets at the Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre in Surrey, BC. Although sessions have already started, future meetings are scheduled for March 26, April 9, and April 23. Sessions will focus on building self-confidence, support, and social skills.

For event and registration information, please refer to the event listing on BC’s “Provincial Outreach Program for FASD” (POPFASD) website.

Although Soroptimist is a women’s organization, they also host a biweekly inclusive social and learning group for men age 16-26 with FASD, entitled “the C.R.E.W”- Courageuos. Respectful. Energy. Warriors.

Remaining sessions take place March 19, April 2, and April 16 in Surrey, BC.

POPFASD also has an event listing for the C.R.E.W. outlining program and registration information.

School’s finally out- Now to find a way to keep the kids occupied… For a child with FASD, the social and cognitive demands of a regular summer camp might be overwhelming. Within Canada, there are two summer camps dedicated completely to FASD.

Lakeland FASD Summer Camp

With the goal of a positive experience and gaining social skills and daily living skills,  Lakeland Centre for FASD ‘s Summer Camp is available for children and adolescents age 7-17 with an FASD diagnosis. The camp is located at Camp Cooinda on Ethel Lake, 22 km from Cold Lake, Alberta.

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Whitecrow Village Live In FASD Education (L.I.F.E) Sessions

L.I.F.E Sessions camp reinforces the concepts of structure, predictability/consistency, and respect through adapted activities for children with team leaders who have FASD themselves. These activities run concurrently with education sessions for adults. Children, families, and Whitecrow Village staff work and learn together to create a sense of community. All ages and family members welcome. Children under 19 must be accompanied by an adult caregiver or legal guardian. Sessions are held in multiple locations in BC, as well as one session in Atlantic Canada late in the summer.

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FASD Peterborough

 

 

 

 

 

FASD Peterbrough has a one week camp for kids with FASD

Other Camps for Kids with Special Needs

Although many kids with FASD are able to attend regular summer camps, many might need a modified camp experience. If this sounds like a child you know, and you don’t happen to live in an area where you can access the Lakeland Camp or Whitecrow Village, take a look at the links below. We’ve compiled a list of camps across Canada for kids with special needs  (and also a link to special needs camps in the United States).

Special needs camps in*:

Alberta

British Columbia

Manitoba

New Brunswick

Ontario

Prince Edward Island

Quebec

Saskatchewan

United States Special Needs Camps

*Provinces and territories that are not listed did not yield any search results for special needs camps. If you know of a special needs camp we have missed, please post a comment and let us know so we can share.

Finding Hope,” A site from the province of BC about the struggles, successes, programs and lives of those affected by FASD, is well worth a look!

The full documentary on the Finding Hope website is a wonderfully touching and informative resource highlighting the lives of several individuals with FASD and their families interspersed with commentary from professionals in the field.

The documentary begins with a look at the lives of several families and their children who are affected by FASD. Interviews with the families and the children themselves provide great insight into what it’s like to live with FASD and raise a child with FASD. The videos contain discussion with professionals in the field regarding diagnosis, physical and neurological effects, cognitive and behavioural issues, prevention, intervention, and the importance of recognizing that the effects of FASD are due to a brain injury rather than wilful choices.

Several interventions are highlighted in the documentary:

Whitecrow Village:

The  camp (L.I.F.E sessions) experience at Whitecrow Village is featured. The camp reinforces the concepts of structure, predictability/consistency, and respect through adapted activities for children with team leaders who have FASD themselves. These activities run concurrently with education sessions for adults. Children, families, and Whitecrow Village staff work and learn together to create a sense of community.

Homeschooling:

One family in the documentary has created a homeschool of their own, hiring teachers to work with the children. They stress the importance of short segments of learning with active breaks and a calm predictable environment.

FASTrack Program:

The FASTrack program at Kennedy Trail Elementary School in Surrey BC is a program with strategies specific to FASD. The program advocates for the importance of communication between the home and school and the importance of translating to other schools the knowledge of what works in this program.

YWCA/Prevention Programs:

The YWCA provides programs to help women make good choices, which is essential in the prevention of FASD and the good parenting practices needed for mothers of children that are already affected

Other highlighted interventions are the ever-important dedicated teachers’ assistants, and provincial programs incorporating key workers  and respite workers who help parents with coping and communication strategies.

On the finding hope website, there is also a compilation of videos on a number of FASD related topics:

  • About FASD
  • Prevention
  • Assessment and Diagnosis
  • Resources for Parents
  • Resources for Educators

Each section contains videos, an overview, links to sites relevant to the topic, and some great downloads with resources and tips.

To our readers:

The documentary concludes with messages of hope from the families and professionals in the video.
Where do you find hope?
Are there any specific interventions or people that have given you hope?

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