Public Definition of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

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In July 2019, CanFASD released a standard definition of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a diagnostic term used to describe impacts on the brain and body of individuals prenatally exposed to alcohol. FASD is a lifelong disability. Individuals with FASD will experience some degree of challenges in their daily living, and need support with … Read More

Highlight on Canadian Service Providers: Alberta- Lakeland Centre for FASD

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The Lakeland Centre for FASD (LCFASD) is a not-for-profit organization that was established in 2000, with offices based in northeast Alberta. They are committed to providing continuous care for individuals affected by prenatal alcohol use. LCFASD focuses on three main areas: Identification & Diagnosis Members of the LCFASD team will travel to communities close to clients’ homes, to make diagnostic … Read More

Let’s Make FASD Part of the Conversation This Election

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Federal election campaigns are currently underway in Canada and candidates across the nation are campaigning fiercely for your vote. There are many social, political, and environmental issues that are currently impacting Canada, as well as the rest of the world. Choosing the right candidate for you can be difficult, as attitudes towards these issues may differ across parties. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder … Read More

World Mental Health Day – A Focus on Suicide Prevention for Individuals with FASD

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Please note this blog post deals with sensitive subject matter, such as mental illness and suicide. If you are experiencing depression or suicidal thoughts, or you just need to talk to someone, please contact Crisis Services Canada at 1-833-456-4566 or text CONNECT to Kid’s Help Phone at 686868. If you are in immediate danger, please call 9-1-1. October 6 to … Read More

Mental Illness Awareness Week – Through the Lens of FASD

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October 6 to 12 is Mental Illness Awareness Week! Held annually during the first week of October, Mental Illness Awareness Week is a public education campaign in Canada designed to increase our understanding of the realities of mental illnesses. This year, Mental Illness Awareness Week happens to coincide with World Mental Health Day, a global celebration to raise awareness of … Read More

#FeatureFriday: International Congress of Law and Mental Health

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Submitted by Aamena Kapasi Attending the International Congress of Law and Mental Health in Rome, Italy, was a fantastic experience. This international multidisciplinary conference provided an excellent opportunity for me to learn about different aspects of the interaction between law and mental health from individuals in different disciplines and from all around the world. I also enjoyed exploring the historic … Read More

Highlight on Canadian FASD Service Providers: Manitoba FASD Coalition

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The Manitoba FASD Coalition is a provincial collaborative network of people and organizations who come together to support prevention, education, research and intervention work in the field of FASD. In 2014, at a province-wide coalition meeting, a group of Manitobans-  including parents of children with FASD, women who used alcohol during pregnancy, community members, First Nations communities, government and service … Read More

#FeatureFriday – Dr. Kaitlyn McLachlan

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Kaitlyn McLachlan, Ph.D., C. Psych. is an Assistant Professor in CPA-Accredited Clinical Psychology program at the University of Guelph. She is a Registered Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario (as well as British Columbia, out of province status). She completed her graduate training in Clinical Psychology (MA, PhD) at Simon Fraser University and a postdoctoral fellowship with the … Read More

New Resource: Succession Planning

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CanFASD staff have recently put together a document for Caregivers of individuals with FASD, titled ‘Succession Planning: What parents & caregivers of a loved one with FASD need to know’. This resource is intended to help guide you in planning for your child/loved one, when you are no longer around to take care of them, including information on: Estate Planning Trusts Guardianship … Read More

Thinking Outside the Box – An Interview with Dr. Ana Hanlon-Dearman

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Thinking Outside the Box – An Interview with Dr. Ana Hanlon-Dearman Dr. Ana Hanlon-Dearman is a Developmental Paediatrician and the Medical Director of the Manitoba FASD Centre. As a Developmental Paediatrician, Dr. Hanlon-Dearman treats children with cognitive, learning, and behavioural disabilities. This includes children diagnosed with disabilities such as FASD, ADAH, and autism. She has spent the majority of her … Read More