Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

 

FASD is a term that describes the range of effects that can be caused by prenatal exposure to alcohol. These effects may include physical, mental, behavioral and/or learning disabilities with possible lifelong implications. 

FASD is among the leading causes of cognitive and developmental disability among children in Canada.  FASD can affect individuals of all races, ages, cultures, classes, genders and sexualities.  Children and youth with FASD often appear more capable than they are, and often, are unlikely to recognize their own strengths/needs

Children and youth living with FASD are more likely to have mental health issues, substance use and other health, social and behavioural problems, disrupted school experiences, and be in conflict with the law.  These cause stress and emotional distress for the individual and their families and caregivers.

Supports for Children, Youth and their Families

Contact Brant provides Service Coordination supports to families of children and youth living with FASD, or potentially affected by FASD.

  • Provide information on FASD and help connect to relevant services and other community supports/resources
  • Develop a service plan
  • Provide education to parents and professionals about FASD
  • Eligibility
    • Children and youth up to the age of 18, or between 18 and 21 who remain in school.
    • Children and youth with a formal diagnosis or FASD or with suspected FASD/FASD-like symptoms

Woodview Mental Health and Autism Services offers Camp Unity every summer for children and youth with FASD or symptoms like FASD.  Call Contact Brant for information at 519-758-8228.

 

FASD Caregiver Support Group

 

More Information on FASD

The National Screening Toolkit for Children and Youth Identified and Potentially Affected by FASD

 

Behaviour Management is described on the Alliance Youth Resources website:

  • Traditional behaviour management interventions often do not work
  • Individuals with FASD do not always learn from consequences
  • It is more effective to prevent behaviour from occurring than to react to it
  • Structure, environmental accommodations and supervision are significant contributors to improved functioning and successful outcomes
  • Advocates can help those with FASD maintain emotional control in trying situations
  • All non-compliance should be viewed through a lens of non-competence
  • We should teach functional skills at every opportunity
  • Sensory and physical issues as a result of FASD may impact behaviour and should be recognized
  • IQ scores should not be used as a predictor of capabilities
  • Individuals with FASD are often unable to ask for help

 

Learning Opportunities about FASD

• www.haltonfasd.ca

• http://www.allianceys.ca/FASD-Training-Consultation-Services.html