What is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)?

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a diagnostic term used to describe impacts on the brain and body of individuals prenatally exposed to alcohol. FASD is a lifelong disability. Individuals with FASD will experience some degree of challenges in their daily living, and need support with motor skills, physical health, learning, memory, attention, communication, emotional regulation, and social skills to reach their full potential. Each individual with FASD is unique and has areas of both strengths and challenges.

FASD Service Coordination

Contact Brant provides Service Coordination support to families of children and youth who have FASD, or suspected FASD.

Provide

information and strategies through an FASD lens.

Connect

to community services and the Brant FASD Caregiver Support Group

Develop

service plans that best fit the family’s needs

Educate

to build capacity with families and community professionals

Eligibility for FASD Service Coordination

Age 0 – 18 or

age 18 – 21 and still attends school and,

diagnosed or suspected of having FASD

Understanding FASD

FASD is the leading developmental disability in Canada, affecting 4% of Canadians.

Consider a child’s developmental age not their actual age – expectations need to match the developmental age.

FASD is a “Disability of Thinking.  Create thinking-free days with routines, repetition, and consistency.

It is NOT that children with FASD WON’T, it is because they CAN’T.

Make getting help or receiving support a ‘good thing’ encourage supported independence.

When things are not working – step back, reduce expectations, increase supports, and focus on the child/youth’s strengths.

FASD Caregiver Support Group

Are you caring for a child or youth who has, or is suspected of having, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder? Peer to peer support is available

When: Second Wednesday of the month
Time:  6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Where: 643 Park Road North, Brantford or meeting virtual as needed
Email: fasdbrant@contactbrant.net
Call:
 519-758-8228 ext.236

Benefits of Support Groups:

  • Meet other parents and caregivers who have similar challenges
  • Find encouragement and emotional support
  • Learn strategies to help your child at home and school
  • Learn how to access resources in the community
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