FASD Training – Children Services

Children Services is offering high quality that will be available in 4 sites across Alberta (including Edmonton) at various times over the year.  Please visit www.fasdtraining.com for registration.

Coming soon is a specific to Educators training on May 4th.

Please refer to below flyer.

FASD Training

Easter Bunny Games for Kids: Easter Egg Hunt Jigsaw Puzzles for Toddler and Preschool

Easter scavenger hunt for toddlers. Each egg has a clue inside leading her/him to the next egg and eventually to her/his Easter basket!

Have fun with your toddler/preschooler!

Easter toddler activities

Found on:  https://www.pinterest.com/pin/33537750347689211

Prisons Falling Behind In Treating Fetal Alcohol Cases: Sapers


Prisons are doing a poor job of treating inmates afflicted with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Correctional Investigator Howard Sapers told a justice and human rights committee Monday afternoon.

“The unfortunate reality is that most FASD-affected offenders come into prison undiagnosed and untreated and they remain that way,” said Sapers.

FASD is caused by an expectant mother consuming alcohol during pregnancy. Effects can include birth defects, brain and central nervous system disabilities, as well as cognitive, behavioural and emotional problems.

Sapers delivered his testimony in the context of the committee’s study of Bill C-538, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder). The intention of the bill – which was dropped from the order paper by the government last year and sent to committee for further study – was to give judges the ability to consider FASD as a mitigating factor in sentencing.

But according to Sapers, more should be done in prevention and diversion prior to, or on the day that, offenders come into contact with the criminal justice system.

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Two Days Addictions Treatment Training Workshop


The OBD Triage Institute is offering a two days training workshop in Edmonton for those interested specifically in addictions treatment for individuals living with FASD.  Deadline for Registration and payment is May 22, 2015

Click here for description and registration form

Please visit their website for more detailed information at www.obdtriage.com in the Clinical Seminars section

5 Ways to be a More Patient Parent

Often children will try your patience, as a parent it is important to breath and be able to relax.

5 ways to be more patient parent

Found on:  http://www.babble.com/babble-voices/5-ways-to-be-a-more-patient-parent/

1) Anticipate delays.

Waiting for the kids to get their shoes on, waiting for them to come out after basketball practice…parenthood involves a whole lot of waiting. I’ve found that I can keep from getting too bored and antsy when I anticipate those delays and even come up with ways to keep myself occupied while I wait. For example, keeping your Kindle in your purse or downloading a favorite podcast to your phone means you won’t have to watch the clock drag by while waiting for a dawdling kid to come out of the school building.

2) Build in a buffer.

Some of my most impatient moments are when I feel hurried or worried that we’ll be late. By building in an extra ten minutes of “getting ready” time I can relax a little. (But don’t overdo it! I’ve also found that when the kids think they have all the time in the world to get ready, they dawdle even more than usual. A sense of urgency, but not emergency, seems to keep them on track and on time.)

3) Breathe.

It might seem overly simplistic, but often I can ratchet back that panicky “just hurry up already!” feeling rising in my throat by taking a few extra seconds to breathe. Take a deep breath in to the count of ten, exhale to the count of ten, and see what a difference it can make.

4) Ask yourself, “How important is this?”

Sometimes I find myself getting bend out of shape out of something that really doesn’t matter that much. When I start getting upset because the kids are moving slowly, I sometimes ask myself, “Is this really that big a deal? Is it important enough to be angry over? Is it important enough to yell over?” And most of the time? The answer is “no.”

5) Learn to enjoy the wait.
Sometimes a slow kid can be a blessing in disguise. If your toddler stops every three seconds during your walk to examine a bug on the sidewalk, that’s a great opportunity for you to “stop and smell the roses” yourself. I know it’s easy to get caught up in the go-go-go of the grown-up world, but sometimes there’s a lot to be said for slowing down to kid speed and experiencing the world in an unhurried way.

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