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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!

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.

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