Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Support
Our FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) Support Program provides counselling, information, and skill development for parents with a child affected by FASD or other complex developmental behavioural conditions.
Children with FASD or other complex developmental behavioural conditions often experience challenges in learning and processing information which makes it difficult for them to develop friendships, be successful in school, and understand and follow through with different expectations.
Our FASD Family Support Workers work directly with parents to help them understand and develop effective behavioural and communication strategies with their children. It is important for parents to understand that their child’s challenges are neurologically based and as a result need specific strategies and supports during each developmental phase.
The Family Support Worker helps with coordinating other health professionals that are often involved in these children's lives, and can liaise with school and other adults to ensure a consistent and successful approach.
Where a diagnosis is only suspected, the Family Support Worker can support the family to access mental health resources and learn more about getting an accurate assessment, as well as linking to other formal and community-based support services.
Families can self-refer, or referrals can be made by other professionals on the family's behalf with their consent.