In spite of overrepresentation, people with FASD often go undetected in legal settings, as they may not show obvious physical characteristics and their impairments in mental functioning, while substantial, may be somewhat hidden. Unfortunately, this failure to detect FASD may result in poor treatment outcomes, increased risk of reoffending, and overall poorer health.
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.
Elizabeth Carlson is a second-year student in the School and Clinical Child Psychology doctoral program at the University of Alberta. About Elizabeth Elizabeth takes a collaborative, holistic, and strengths-based approach to working with children, adolescents, and emerging adults who have experienced significant adversity. She is interested in working with youth with complex needs who are deemed “at-risk,” including youth with FASD. … Read More
The ability to manage your thoughts, impulses, and emotions is an essential skill in order to stay calm, focused, and alert in everyday situations. This ability is called self-regulation, and is an area that individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) often struggle with. The Alert Program®, developed by Williams & Shellenberger (1996), is a self-regulation training program with reported … Read More
Living with a Sibling Diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder By: Josée Bélanger As you may know, individuals affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) are not the only ones who are impacted by their condition. Often, family members such as parents, grandparents, and siblings are very involved with caring for the individual with FASD. Though research has highlighted the … Read More
We are pleased to introduce our first ever Student Spotlight: Harrison Grogan. Our Student Spotlight aims to highlight the unique research going on in the field of FASD by student researchers across the country! A Health Diary for Caregivers of Children Ages 6-13 with FASD Written by: Harrison Grogan & Dr. Hanlon-Dearman FASD is complicated – parents know that with … Read More