Money Worries

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Money Managementoriginal post on: FASD Interventions Across the Lifespan

I’ve come across several posts about FASD and money in the last couple months in some of the blogs I follow, such as “Parenting FASD Kids” and “The Life You Have Imagined“, so I thought it might be time to write a post on money and FASD.

FASD is associated with trouble with academics (including mathematics), memory, language, and abstract thinking. All of these things can cause difficulty when dealing with money.

Another recent blog post (Keeping Up with Tiny Titan) had some great suggestions for ways to teach money concepts (along with a link to printable American money). You can buy Canadian play money online at Scholar’s Choice.

Another great resource is the recently uploaded video “Financial Literacy for Individuals with FASD” on the Alberta Learning You Tube feed. The video describes financial literacy training needs for those with FASD. The non-profit organization “Lutherwood” also contains a page with money tips for those with FASD.

Edmonton Fetal Alcohol Network’s “FASD Strategies not Solutions” booklet also offers some money related suggestions on p.16, along with links to websites for teaching money management.

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Ever Wondered What Strategies Work for Clients with FASD?

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Here are some successful Strategies for working with clients affected with FASD:


  • Use simple direct language
  • Remind your client about meetings and court dates
  • Give your client time to process information
  • Remember to take breaks during meetings
  • Repeat information from one consultation to the next
  • Ask “what” they understand, not “if” they understand
  • Access long term support for conditional sentences
  • Learn more about fasd, as it is an important (aggravating) factor in a court sentence

Do you use other strategies other than the ones listed above?  Please share with us by commenting below or email us @

FASD Presentations

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Please Note:  Mark St. Germaine is no longer the contact person for Presentations.  Please contact Paul Pringle at the Bissell Centre – Ph. 780.423.2285 ext. 132  or e-mail:

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FASD Training

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Our Training

This training approaches Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and other neuro-behavioural conditions from a brain-based approach. This goal is to establish a common language for parents and caregivers, professionals and community partners so that there is a shared understanding of the individual from a brain-based perspective. This 12-hour training format was developed to help establish and sustain strengths-based informed networks of care. By creating “collective wisdom” we will:

  1. Support placements.
  2. Strengthen programs – including school.
  3. Provide a philosophy of intervention that is prevention based

For more information or to register, see link:


August Frontline Newsletter

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Here is the August edition of the Frontline Newsletter.  Enjoy!


August 2014

August 5 Supports and EFAN Meetings

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10_-Purple-DaisyThe next Supports  and Services meeting and EFAN Member’s meeting will be held on August 5 at DECSA, 11515 71 Street.  The Supports and Services meeting will begin at 8:30, with the EFAN Member’s meeting to follow at 9:30.

At this meeting we will be reviewing documents that will be voted on at the Annual General Meeting.  Please bring with you copies of the Year End Review and the Auditors Report that can be found under the Annual General Meeting Tab on this website.

Please see attached agenda

August 2014

August Frontline Workers Meeting

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CaptureAttached is the link for the August Frontline Worker’s Meeting.  Please note that the date for the meeting is on August 19 and will be held on the lower level at Bent Arrow in Room 6.  Hope to see you all there.

Aug Frontline Meeting Agenda

NWR FASD Society – MacKenzie Network Employment Opportunity

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Housing Director

NWR FASD Society is currently recruiting a Housing Director to take the lead on our exciting new Supportive Housing Initiative. This innovative and unique initiative is intended to support individuals with a FASD diagnosis within a permanent supportive housing environment. This five year provincially funded (through Human Services) pilot project commences in September, 2014. NWR FASD Society is a supportive and forward thinking organization and a pioneer in providing effective and quality services to individuals and families impacted by FASD in the Mackenzie Region. We are looking for someone who is passionate about helping people reach their fullest potential; has experience with project management; is enthusiastic and hardworking; and always up for an exciting challenge.


–         University/college degree with experience in Housing program coordination/development

–         Knowledgeable in project management

–         Proficiency in the use of computers for : word processing, simple accounting Data base management, spreadsheets, email and internet

–         Experience with housing or residential projects

–         Experience in a supervisory role

–         Experience working with individuals with FASD


Basic Responsibilities:

–         Plan project including but not limited to: policy and procedures, develop forms including data base, record and file information, research and assess data

–         Collaborate with other residential programs to utilize knowledge base and experience

–         Report to and collaborate with Executive Director

–         Communicate, verbally and written, project progress to board, committee and stakeholders

–         Collaborate with community partners to develop understanding of need of project in region

–         Work within a group setting to establish understanding of client base this project will be for

–         Work with the evaluation team to ensure accurate evaluation of the initiative’s effectiveness

–         Supervise housing staff and ensure that policies and procedures are being adhered to



–         $48,000.00 – $54,000.00 dependent on experience

–         Comprehensive benefit package


Application Deadline: August 15, 2014


Please submit your resume with cover letter to:

Wanda Beland, Executive Director

PO Box 3668, High Level, AB T0H 1Z0

Phone: (780) 926-3375

Fax: (780) 926-3376


Frontline Workers Meeting Minutes for July 8

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Here are the minutes for the July 8 Frontline Worker’s Meeting.  Also, Please note:  August meeting will be held on August 19 and the September meeting will be held on September 16.

FASD Frontline meeting minutes July 8 2014

Working Memory Training opportunities for children between 4 to 13 years old

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Working memory is an important skill that helps children meet daily demands in the classroom. For example, children use their working memory when they are asked to keep multiple-step instructions in mind and use that information to solve a problem or complete a task.

In this study, we offer a 5-week computerized working memory training (Cogmed) for eligible participants.

To be eligible for this study, your child MUST be between 4 and 13 years old, use English as the first language at home, AND fulfil one of the following criteria:

1. For FASD group: Children have a confirmation of prenatal alcohol exposure with or without a formal diagnosis of FASD.

2. For Preterm group: Children born with gestational age ≤ 32 weeks and/ or birth weight ≤ 2500g.

3. For Control group: Children are developing typically. Have no known genetic disorders (e.g., Down syndrome) and other neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g., autism) and significant motor/sensory impairments (e.g., cerebral palsy, blindness).

If you participate in this study, you and your child will come the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital 3 times to take part in tasks testing your child’s IQ, attention and working memory.

Your parking on the testing days will be compensated and your child will receive a small toy and a $25 gift card at the end of each testing session.

If you have any questions about this research or are interested in participating in this study, please contact: Clara Lee at 780-735-7999 extension 15546 or email at