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New FASD program builds bridges between children and police

"Boys Unplugged" is a new recreational program in the region of Waterloo, Ontario, aimed at helping to increase understanding between police officers and boys with FASD.  In the program, police officers are paired youth and then together they carry out various activities like building race cars out of cardboard and participating in scavenger hunts.

To read the CBC news article highlighting this program, go to http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/new-fasd-program-builds... .

 

Red wine is NOT good for pregnant woman, according to new study

Although the healthy benefits of drinking red wine have been publicized in the news, recent research is suggesting otherwise.  In a study published in the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Journal, the compound resveratrol (found in some fruits, chocolate, nuts and red wine) may lead to developmental abnormalities in the fetal pancreas.

To read more on this subject, go to http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/514778/pregnant-women-avoid-red-wine-ac... .

Dog Treat Company Supports People with FASD

Melissa Clark was one of the first people in her state to receive a diagnosis of FASD but after high school, she struggled to hold a regular 9 to 5 job.  The answer for her was to create her own business; Lissie's Luv Yums is an organic dog treat company.  Her sister helps to manage the business which currently donates a part of their profits to the construction and opening of an FASD home.

To read more of this KRTV News article, go to www.krtv.com/news/great-falls-dog-treat-company-is-more-than-meets-the-eye/ .

To visit the website for Lissie's Luv Yums, go to www.lissiesluvyums.com/About_Us.html .

Mental illness best detected early in schools, doctors say

In this CBC news article, the important role of schools in reaching children and youth with mental illnesses is highlighted.  It is possible that recognition of mental illness by teachers would be a low-cost and effective way to intervene early.  Researchers suggest a multilayered approach with possibilities from universal screening to targeted programs.

To read this article, go to http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/mental-illness-best-detected-early-in-scho...

 

 

Strengthening the Parent-Child Attachment Relationship in Children & Parents Affected by FASD:Red Flags and Practical Strategies

The FASD Learning Series helps individuals with FASD and their caregivers to learn more about FASD and how to support a person with FASD.  The webcast and videoconference educational sessions cover a broad range of topics that target both urban and rural audiences. 

Please visit http://fasd.alberta.ca/fasd-learning-series.aspx and go to “Current Year” to register and “Search Previous Sessions” for archived sessions.

Caribbean Quest - a program designed to target children's attention and working memory functioning

Caribbean Quest is an intervention developed at UVIC in conjunction with graduate students in the fields of Computer Sciences and Neuropsychology at UVic and Dr. Kim Kerns.  It is a computerized intervention designed to target and strengthen skills of attention and working memory through massed practice.  It has been piloted in schools in Sooke, Port Hardy, Saanich and Edmonton.  To read a CANFASD interview with one of the creators of Caribbean Quest, click here.

"Strongest Families FASD Research Program" is now recruiting participants

Researchers are currently looking for families who have children aged 4-12 years, living in Canada, and have a FASD diagnosis to take part in this study.

Sue Kobus, recruitment coordinator of the study, writes:

“Strongest Families has developed programs to help parents with their children’s behaviour problems. Strongest Families Programs are done on-line with weekly telephone calls from a personal Coach. The Coach provides support to families, answers questions and guides parents as they learn skills. Families do not have to travel to a centre to get help.”

Untangling Anxiety: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) 7th Annual Fall FASD Conference

To download the brochure, click here.

Ontario FASD diagnostic services can't meet the demand

It took Helen Hoy nine years to convince medical specialists that her daughter had FASD. (Melanie Ferrier/CBC)

 

In a September 23, 2014 CBC news article, Melanie Ferrier reports that there is a lack of diagnostic services in Ontario that is putting FASD assessments on hold.  The province offers only 9 locations where a person can receive an FASD diagnosis funded by the government.

To read more, go to http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/ontario-fasd-diagnostic...

Profile of Special Olympics Gold Medalist with FASD

“After competing in the National Special Olympics in Princeton, N.J., gymnast Nicole Clapper came home with four gold medals and one silver medal… Clapper was born with fetal alcohol syndrome, which limits growth and can cause learning disabilities, nervous system impairments, and a slew of challenging defects and changes in the body’s development. She has been raised by her grandmother Lani Seifert since she was an infant.” – Oneida Daily Dispatch

To read this article, go to http://www.oneidadispatch.com/general-news/20140715/oneida-special-olymp...