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Another date added for FASD training with Donna Debolt

North West FASD Network

Due to high demand, another date has been added.

Grande Prairie April 12 2018

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Stress Relief Activity – Tip Sheet Thursday

Stress affects us all and while is essential for survival it can also seriously affect our body and mind.  Learning ways to effectively relieve your stress is important.  Here are a few tips to help you calm down and reduce your stress level


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Welcome to the “I am a Caregiver” resource guide for those providing care to a person with FASD. This guide was developed as a way for caregivers to access important information and resources relating to providing care for children and adults with FASD. FASD is a life-long disability and individuals impacted by FASD require a community of care and support. As a caregiver, you are a key part of the care team.

Within this book you will find general information and resources to help you in your caregiving role. However, as you go through this resource it is important to remember that each individual is unique and there is no one universal strategy or solution that will work for everyone. As always, it is important to consult regularly with the individual’s professional care team if you have questions or concerns.

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Educating students with FASD – 13TH FASD VIDEO SERIES (2ND ROUND)

Teaching strategies that can be applied to students with FASD The music used in this video was arranged and produced by Rick Clarke – (aka Rickvanman on by Lifelong Learning

Monday Series (3)- FASD Facts for Health Professionals


Thanks to Nofasd Autralia for putting these facts togehter

  • Fact #15. 1/3 women are unaware of the dangerous effects alcohol has on a developing fetus (Paedon, Payne, Bower, Elliott et al., 2008)


  • Fact #16. Problems that emerge in childhood do not disappear with age, but rather form the development of additional and possibly more severe disorders later in life (Pei, Denys, Hughs & Rasmussen, 2011)


  • Fact #17. The risk of developing early onset (13-17 years) alcohol abuse disorder was two times higher in those exposed to 3 or more standard drinks in early pregnancy (Alati et al., 2006)


  • Fact #18. Facial dysmorphology only occurs when alcohol is consumed during the first trimester (Feldman et al., 2012)


  • Fact #19.  81% of individuals living with FASD will have a language disorder (Popova et al., 2016)


  • Fact #20.  Children living with FASD are three times more likely to experience gross motor impairment than those without FASD. The most common gross motor deficits children experience is balance, coordination and ball skills (Lucas et al., 2014)


  • Fact #21.  FASD occurs in all cross-sections of society, wherever there is alcohol there is FASD (Fitzpatrick & Pestell, 2016).


NOFASD Australia is an independent not-for-profit charitable organization. They are the national peak organization representing the interests of individuals and families living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).


FASD – Not All News is Good News: Speculation about the Florida Shooter is Divisive



Far from the media spotlight, in Facebook groups and living rooms around the world, people with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and those who support them are debating a news report that speculated as to whether or not the Florida shooter might have undiagnosed FASD. A major news outlet used this raw moment to highlight the too-often overlooked effects of prenatal exposure to alcohol. Better understanding FASD is an important topic. Earlier this month a US study showed that more people have brain-based disabilities due to FASD than have autism. Days ago an Australian study showed that people with FASD are a disproportionate segment of the prison population.

But I have never subscribed to the idea that ‘all media is good media.’ Some articles play straight into the anti-disability prejudice and stigma that exists. Our colleagues in the autism community know this well and are feeling this backlash once again, since reports are also circulating that the shooter had an autism diagnosis. Linking any condition with violent acts in this way ignores society’s failures which are by far the more salient issue in such cases. It’s easier to identify the ‘other’ – someone not like us – as being ‘flawed’ and therefore prone to such heinous acts. Whatever condition this shooter may or may not have had is not the reason why he did what he did.

An adult with FASD summed up why it is harmful to link a condition so quickly to such an emotive news event: “I don’t want this to be the general public’s mental association to FASD. ‘Oh, you have FASD? Uh-wait; isn’t that what they said that school shooter in Florida had?’ YES because from now on NOT ONLY will I be seen as ‘stupid’ or ‘retarded’ now I get to be seen as having the potential to kill and EVERYTIME I get upset about ANYTHING I will be under heavy scrutiny because ‘They said this this and this about FASD.’  I don’t understand HOW this is REMOTELY a good thing! It makes me afraid to be open about it because I don’t want to frighten people; what people fear-they destroy.”

Myles Himmelreich wrote, “This is leading to a misunderstanding, judgement and incorrect information about FASD. I am a motivational speaker, FASD consultant and FASD trainer and as such I shake my head and say ‘we still have work ahead of us’ this shows a blanket statement and will continue to misguide people to believe individuals with FASD will automatically be violent, NOT TRUE. Oh and I’m also an individual with FASD and as such I say ‘please see me, know me, support me and join me in truly understand the struggles but also the success I face every day.’”

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Personal Hygiene – Tip Sheets Thursday

Great resources for parents and caregivers of persons with FASD.  Do you feel like a broken record by repeating yourself everyday? well, here a list of hygiene routines and reminders that you can print and post around the house!


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