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From time to time, the Waterloo Region Family Network (WRFN) is asked to distribute information on behalf of third parties. WRFN provides general information to self-advocates and families of children with special needs. The information provided on this website is not a recommendation, referral or endorsement of any resource, therapeutic method, or service provider. WRFN is not responsible for any information or services provided by third parties. You are urged to use independent judgment when considering any resource.

 


 

Foundations in FASD-FREE Online Training

Foundations in FASD is a basic training course intended for everyone that will come into contact with individuals with FASD including all sectors of work, families, individuals with FASD, spouses, and the general public. This foundational level training program provides the perspective of individuals who have FASD, is evidence-based, employs a culturally sensitive approach, and is presented in a way that is responsive to the learners needs. This online basic training course will take on average two hours to complete.

 

Level 1 training will provide knowledge and understanding of:

an overview of FASD assessment and diagnosis in Canada
an introduction to FASD interventions and promising approaches
the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on the fetus
the impact of alcohol on brain development
issues related to stigma and FASD
strategies for prevention and support
barriers to prevention and support
the signs and symptoms of FASD across the lifespan

 

A certificate will be provided to each participant upon completion.
Register here.
 

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Cambridge Youth Soccer ACES Program

All abilities CElebrated Soccer is a program designed for participants between the ages of 5 - 15 & 16 – 24 with intellectual and/or physical disabilities who are interested in learning more about the FUNdamentals of physical literacy and soccer.

 

Sundays October 27—December 15, 9:30am—10:25am

 

CYS Indoor Facility, 745 Fountain Street, Cambridge. CYS jersey provided.

 

For more information contact Jon Morgan at 519 277-0325 or grassroots@cambridgesoccer.ca.

 

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Waterloo Region FASD Action Group- Caregiver Support Group

The Waterloo Region FASD Action Group is pleased to announce the launch of a new Parent/Caregiver FASD Support Group that is being offered by Lutherwood.

 

Parents and caregivers of children with FASD often experience some degree of social isolation caused by a lack of understanding of their child’s disability from family, educators, health, and social service providers. The goal of the Parent/Caregiver FASD Support Group is to provide a forum for parents and caregivers to support and learn from one another, to share knowledge, and to build skills in order to improve outcomes for children with FASD and their families.

 

The Parent/Caregiver FASD Support Group will be co-facilitated by actual parents and caregivers in order to draw upon their own experiences and expertise while discussing a wide-range of topics that are relevant to rearing a child with an FASD. Monthly sessions will be offered from September through March, each lasting 2 hours in duration with dinner provided.

 

Click here for a list of dates and topics. 

 

To register contact 519-749-2932 ext.3336 or rmacdonald@lutherwood.ca.

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Waterloo Region FASD Community of Practice Update - August 2019

Waterloo Region FASD Community of Practice has shared an August update

 

In this issue you will find information about: 

  • Parent/caregiver Support Group
  • Free online training - Practical Strategies for the School Environment
  • "FASD & Education" workshop
  • All About Me - Getting Ready for September
  • Better Nights, Better Days for Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders 
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder- Considerations for Justice Involved Individuals
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KidsAbility Fall Resource Guide

The KidsAbility Program and Activity Guides for Fall is a great resource for local programming.

 

Program and Activity Guide - Fall 2019

 

Guides can also be found on the KidsAbility website at www.kidsability.ca.

 

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Better Nights, Better Days - Sleep Study

Development, implementation, and evaluation of an internet-based behavioural sleep intervention study for children, ages 4-10, with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Cerebral Palsy (CP), and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).


Learn more about this opportunity here.

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Caring for the Caregiver

A research project evaluating Acceptance & Commitment Training (ACT) for female caregivers of individuals with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).


ACT seeks to help individuals to struggle less with difficult things in their lives and mindfully connect with things that are most important in a way that is loving and respectful. With an introduction to the concept of ‘mindfulness,’ ACT does not attempt to directly change or stop unwanted thoughts or feelings, but to develop a new mindful relationship with those experiences that can free a person up to being open, and to take action consistent with what they care about. This is a research project evaluating the benefits of ACT for caregivers.

 

Who Should Attend?
Female caregivers of individuals with FASD.

 

Dates & Times

May 24th: 5:30pm-9:00pm
May 25th: 9:00am-4:00pm
June 19th: 5:30pm-9:00pm
Location: Toronto Western Hospital, 9 East Wing, Group Room B (Room 9E436).
*You must attend all dates

 

Want more information?
Video: https://www.surreyplace.ca/caring-for-the-caregiver-through-act/ 
Articles: http://rdcu.be/I6jT & https://bit.ly/2tSUbcZ
 

Interested?
Contact Brianne Redquest at brianne.redquest@camh.ca or 416-535-8501 ext. 33923

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NEW FASD Ontario Website

We are pleased to share that FASD Ontario has launched!
 

This website is a comprehensive, online hub where you’ll find up-to-date and accurate information on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder as well as access to valuable resources and services in your area and across the province. You will find:

  • FASD Sevices
  • FASD Information
  • News
  • Learning Events
  • FAQs 
  • Ask Questions

www.fasdON.ca 

www.tsafON.ca (French-language site)

 

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Waterloo Region FASD Community of Practice Update - April 2019

The Waterloo Region FASD Community of Practice has shared a April 2019 Update.

 

In this update you will find information about:

  • FASD Caregiver Training Series
  • "Dad's Use of Alcohol"
  • Ontario's NEW FASD One Stop Hub 
  • 'You're weird, you're different and nobody wants to be your friend': the loneliness of FASD
  • Understanding and Supporting FASD with Dan Dubovsky (workshop)
  • FASD and sleep
  • FASD presentation with Len Whalen 
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FASD Training Series for Caregivers

Developmental Services Resource Centre Waterloo Region (DSRC) is hosting a Fetal Alcohol Sprectrum Disorder Training Series for caregivers.

 

This is a four session training series - October 2, 9, 16 and 23 from 9:30am until noon.

  • Learn how prenatal exposure affects the brain
  • Learn how FASD impacts behaviour with a focus on executive and adaptive functioning
  • Identify what is needed to support individuals living with FASD
  • Learn about local resources and supports available to families

Space is limited so register early. This is a free training.  

 

Register with Karen Huber, FASD Coordinator at k.huber@dscwr.com or 519-741-1121 ext. 2246.

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