FASD in the News – Mentoring People with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
REGINA — In order to help support people in Saskatchewan living with cognitive disabilities, including Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), mentorship training was offered in Regina on Thursday for the second year in a row.
“It’s a spectrum, so no one is the same. You could work with one individual living with FASD and then I could set you up to work with another one and you would be ‘These are not the same person’ because it is so different,” explained Katie Riley, marketing and events co-ordinator with the FASD Network of Saskatchewan Inc.
FASD is a cognitive disability caused by prenatal exposure to alcohol. Although the disorder affects people differently, some common symptoms include memory issues, time management and sensory problems, Riley said.
Mentors serve as positive role models that help with community living and daily life skills such as budgeting finances and cooking.