Psychologists have a unique role in diagnosing, assessing, and supporting a variety of individuals with different mental health needs and disabilities, including individuals with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). Because of the diversity and unique characteristics of individuals with FASD, it is crucial that psychologists are prepared to support individuals and their families with the best evidence-based care.
Today you’ll hear from members of our Family Advisory Committee who care for someone with FASD. In their own words, they share why recognizing and celebrating strengths is so important and talk about some of their recent successes.
New suicide fact sheets have just been released by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) that focus on suicide prevention among groups who may be at increased risk. But a group of individuals at extraordinarily high risk of suicide is missing from the conversation: those with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
I am writing as a long-time parent of adult sons who live with the challenging impacts of trauma and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and who have been affected by the multi-generational legacy of Indian Residential Schools and colonial treatment of Canada’s First Peoples. I am writing to share my profound personal experience after a week of sadness when I was struggling to find words.
This post is part of our new Feature Friday series called Spotlight on Service Providers. Over the next year, we will be featuring organizations and initiatives across Canada that provide much-needed supports and services for individuals with FASD and their families. Who We Are In Saskatchewan, a group of dedicated parents came together to form the FASD Network (the … Read More
Written by Dr. Katie Birnie I was thrilled to host CanFASD’s webinar on Pain as Experienced by People with FASD in November 2020 in my role as Assistant Scientific Director of Solutions for Kids in Pain (SKIP). SKIP is a knowledge mobilization network based at Dalhousie University, co-directed by Children’s Healthcare Canada, and funded by the Networks of Centres of Excellence … Read More