Experiences in Education

CanFASD is taking a look at FASD and our education system through the lens of three different people: the student, the teacher, and the caregiver. Student Individuals with FASD have many strengths, however, these strengths are not often captured in academic research. Anecdotal evidence suggests that individuals with FASD are very friendly, generous, helpful, outgoing, […]

3 Evidence Based Strategies and Programs to Support Students with FASD

CanFASD pulled together 3 programs and strategies from recent research that are designed to support students with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) to succeed in our education system. 1. Metacognitive Strategies Research released in March of 2019 finds that “co-creation” of metacognitive strategies can be an effective approach to support learning and self-regulation in individuals […]

The 10 Commandments of Working with Youth Impacted by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

According to the Center for Disease Control, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) impact between 2 to 5 percent of the general population in the United States. When working with children who have come from homes where parents abuse alcohol and other drugs, the prevalence rates are going to be significantly higher. This issue is being taken […]

As demand explodes, Manitoba’s new FASD court expands to meet need

Sentencing court for offenders with fetal alcohol spectrum adds new slots for adults, flexibility for youth Manitoba’s court designed to help offenders with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is tripling the number of hearings for adults to deal with skyrocketing demand for the unique hearings they began offering less than a year ago. “The demand […]

(in French) Trouble du spectre de l’alcoolisation fœtale : les efforts récompensés

Partie prenante du Centre d’excellence en trouble du spectre de l’alcoolisation fœtale (TSAF), le programme Capteur de rêves se distingue des autres services publics lorsqu’il est question de traiter avec les Premières Nations. L’esprit novateur de Capteur de rêve a d’ailleurs fait remporter au Centre d’excellence TSAF le premier Prix de l’innovation Claudette Bradshaw. L’équipe […]

CanFASD Art Competition Winners Announced

The CanFASD Art Competition is open to Canadian artists with FASD. Applicants must submit a photo of an original piece of art, but the medium is up them. We received photos of statues, drawings, paintings, and costumes for submission. Although the winner will be featured on our holiday card, their art doesn’t have to be […]

Better understanding of fetal alcohol disorders needed, says public speaker

A better understanding of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder will help not only those affected by it but also the communities struggling with it more widely, says Myles Himmelreich, who has FASD. Himmelreich a public speaker who has been to communities disproportionately affected by FASD, including in Labrador, told CBC Radio’s On The Go that misconceptions about the disorder […]

What Happens When No One Cares For The Caregiver

I’m tired. No I’m more than tired. I’m exhausted. I’m depleted. No amount of self care (bubble baths, walks, therapy, lunch with friends, reading a book, etc.) is going to “fill my cup” and bring me back to where I need to be. I’m not alone. Many people are. Those who are caring for individuals with […]

From zero tolerance to open dialogue: How harm reduction is shifting the conversation on drug use

Enid Grant got the kind of phone call many parents dread. Her teenage son was “freaking out” after trying psychedelic mushrooms with friends. She was scared for her son’s safety, but relieved he reached out to her for help. “I couldn’t prevent that from happening, but I could be there when it happened,” said Grant, […]

Developmental assessment at 9 months of age can predict fetal alcohol syndrome

1. In this prospective cohort study, infants underwent developmental and dysmorphologic assessments at various times throughout early life. Researchers found that starting at 9 months of age, the total dysmorphology score was able to discriminate between children with and without a diagnosis of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) at age 5. 2. Significant differences in […]