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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.

CBC has shared some good news about FASD in New Brunswick.

The provincial government along with the regional health authorities and Family Service Moncton will create a new centre for those with FASD in Moncton.

The centre will:

  • Provide bilingual FASD prevention, assessment, and intervention.
  • Provide assistance to those with FASD and their families through the care of community officials.
  • Develop culturally appropriate services for First Nations clients.

Read CBC’s article on Moncton’s new FASD Centre.

Source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/story/2012/02/28/nb-fetal-alcohol-disorder-centre-1246.html

Other non-FASD specific intervention services offered by Family Service Moncton:

  • Family, Couple and Individual Therapy
  • Family Education Programs
  • Family Service Employee Assistance Program (FSEAP)- Services collaborating with employers and unions.
  • Grouplogik Consultation & Training Workplace training and consultation services to corporations and agencies.
  • Mediation
  • OPTION: Intimate Partner Violence Treatment Programs
  • Psychological Services
  • Sexual Abuse Family Treatment Program

Telegraph Journal, an online media source from New Brunswick, recently published an article about the New Brunswick Adoption Foundation’s “Peer-to-Peer Adoption Support Network”.

The article speaks to some of the challenges involved in adopting a child, and more specifically, a child who has come out of the foster care system. As most of our readers already know, many individuals with FASD end up in foster and adoptive families.

Research has shown that raising a child with FASD can have a significant impact on the family. Also, as the article states, parents can be the biggest advocate for their children; especially a child with special needs. The difficulties of raising a child with FASD, compounded by the stresses involved with adoption and the need to create a stable supportive home environment, can create a huge need for support in adoptive families.

The “Peer-to-Peer Adoption Support Network” in New Brunswick is here to help! The support network is geared toward those who have adopted children out of foster care. A network of volunteers connects adoptive families with resources and other families who have been through the same process. The support network is in an 18 month pilot project phase in 3 counties in New Brunswick, with hopes of expansion.

The Telegraph Journal has recently changed its article access to subscription only, but you can read the full article on “fasdnews” through Yahoo! Groups.

Don’t live in New Brunswick? Check out “Canada Adopts” for other adoptive and foster parent support groups in Canada.

References:

Morrissette, P. J. (2001). Fetal alcohol syndrome: parental experiences and the role of family counsellors. The Qualitative Report, 6 (2). Retrieved from http://www.nova.edu.login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/ssss/QR/QR6-2/morrissette.html

Olson, H. C., Oti, R. Gelo J. & Beck, S. (2009). “Family matters:” fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and the family. Developmental Disabilities Research Reviews, 15(3), 235-49.

Original article source: http://www.canadaeast.com/rss/article/1459551

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