Provincial Outreach Program for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder


FASD New Canadian Guidelines

Apr 22, 2016

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder:  a guideline for diagnosis across the lifespan

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Health Survey 2016: Adults with FASD

Apr 13, 2016


POPFASD teacher consultants recently attended the 7th National Biennial Conference on Adults and Adolescents with FASD.  It was a great conference with many fabulous speakers.  The highlight of the conference was the Plenary Panel: The Lay of the Land: Preliminary Results of a Health Survey of Adults with FASD, presented by CJ, Myles and Emily, three adults with FASD who do public speaking, act as mentors, and are undertaking research on the physical health of other adults with FASD.  As they informed us on site, the survey is still open and we encourage you to ask people you know who have diagnosed FASD to do this survey. Please take time to support individuals when responding to the survey.   Thank you.


The neuroscience of impulse and addiction

Apr 11, 2016

Impulsivity, sensation-seeking and substance abuse have long been linked. Although individuals who abuse drugs are known to act impulsively and have subtly different neuroanatomy, it is not clear whether these changes are the cause or the effect of the abuse. A new study investigates these links further.



The CASEL Guide - Social and Emotional Learning Programs

Apr 4, 2016

Effective Social and Emotional Learning Programs

The CASEL Guide provides a systematic framework for evaluating the quality of social and emotional programs and applies this framework to identify and rate well-designed, evidence-based SEL programs. The Guide also shares best-practice guidelines for district and school teams on how to select and implement SEL programs. Finally, it offers recommendations for future priorities to advance SEL research and practice. 




Matt's Story - How FASD Impacted My Life

Apr 4, 2016

Matt is an FASD worker in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.  He  shares his own personal and compelling story of living with FASD.  In his opening paragraph Matt states that, "with early intervention and supports anything is possible and there is hope." 



Alberta Learning Series: FASD and the Law, FASD and Justice

Mar 9, 2016

March 22, 2016 - FASD and the Law

This webcast is focused on some of the major issues, findings, and practices around FASD and the court system.

Description: This webcast will include:

  • A review of mental health provisions in the criminal code as they apply to those with FASD.
  • A review of assessments completed by a multidisciplinary diagnostic group.
  • Specific examples from court of incidents involving persons with FASD.
  • A discussion of the varying levels of FASD diagnosis, how they are handled within the court system and the difficulties that can arise.

Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Length: 1 hour

March 24, 2016 - FASD and Justice

Representatives from both the youth and adult justice programs operating in Lethbridge and the southern Alberta region will introduce their programs.

Description: This webcast will include:

  • Benefits of being a member of a police department
  • Convenience of having access to the correctional center
  • Importance of having community partners
  • The youth and adult justice programs focus on working in collaboration with community partners and advocating for those affected by FASD

Date: Thursday, March 24, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Length: 1 hour


Yukon MP to Introduce FASD Criminal Code Amendment

Mar 2, 2016

Liberal Yukon MP Larry Bagnell hopes to convince his own party to amend the criminal code and provide provisions for offenders with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.  His proposed bill would allow judges to order supports for offenders with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.



School Success with FASD

Feb 29, 2016

Crystal Millions is a young woman living with FASD.  She currently attends university.  Watch this 17 minute video-interview to find out what's making her successful.



Brain Structure and Processing Speed

Feb 23, 2016

At a Glance:  4 Ways Brain Structure and Chemistry May Affect Processing.  Dr. Ellen Braaten presents a clear, concise description of factors that researchers think may affect how quickly brain cells process information.



CAPHC Webinar: Peer Support in FASD - Early Intervention and Prevention

Feb 16, 2016

The Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres is prsenting the following webinar:

Peer Support in FASD - Early Intervention and Prevention
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM ET

In the third instalment of our FASD Webinar Series, created in partnership with the Public Health Agency of Canada, we will be exploring three outreach programs working with high risk women. The programs reflect the unique characteristics of the communities they serve and aim to produce multidimensional outcomes, improved overall social functioning, and reduction of risk to the mother and target child

With prevention as the primary goal, our panellists will discuss prevention and early intervention programs for pregnant women and mother who are substance-involved, and their young children.

We will be welcoming representatives from 

  • InSight Mentoring Program in Manitoba
  • The Alberta Parent-Child Assistance Program (PCAP) Council
  • Mothercraft’s Breaking the Cycle (BTC) in Ontario