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Including the Ministry of Community and Social Services and Ministry of Education, have collaborated to develop a new approach and service delivery model for building capacity within the education system and across all Alberta school authorities, including First Nation communities and Métis Settlements.
The WRaP 2.0 FASD Coaching Partnership Project will increase the capacity of teachers and schools to meet the educational needs of students (ECS to Grade 12) with FASD, through a continuum of supports provided by FASD Instructional Coaches. FASD Instructional Coaches will support education staff to enhance their knowledge and skills regarding how to support students by providing professional development on FASD Best Practices and hands-on support incorporating FASD informed approaches into their classroom.
The Metis Settlements FASD Network is excited to be a part of this new approach! To learn more about the project in the Metis Settlements, contact us! To watch the official announcement of the project, please follow the Alberta government link below.
All parents are concerned about the safety of their children on the Internet and social media. From chatting to searches, the Internet is a vast territory of information and connections that can lead to potentially dangerous situations. Caregivers of people with FASD often have additional worries about how to raise their children in a digital world.
Children and young people with FASD are often at a higher risk when interacting online. Prenatal alcohol exposure can impact brain structure and function. People with FASD may struggle with impulse control and decision making. They often lack communication skills, which can make it challenging to understand sarcasm and jokes.
People with FASD also struggle with social interaction and may turn to digital connections instead as it relieves some of the stress that comes with face-to-face interactions. Kids with FASD also struggle to understand the impacts of their behaviour, which can make it hard to assess risk and identify a potentially unsafe situation.
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It is normal to feel this way. When we feel stressed or anxious, we might turn to alcohol to make us feel better. However, using alcohol or other substances is not healthy for your body, your mind, or your pregnancy. Alcohol can actually make us feel more anxious and depressed and can a!ect our physical health.
Exposure to alcohol before birth can cause fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). FASD is a lifelong disability that a!ects the brain and body of people who were exposed to alcohol in the womb. Each person with FASD has both strengths and challenges and will need special supports to help them succeed with many di!erent parts of their daily lives.
Being active, talking to friends, eating well, getting lots of sleep, and doing something you love are all healthy ways to cope with stress. If you find you are still struggling, connect with these organizations
Wellness Together Canada. Text: 686868 for youth or 741742 for adults
Kids Help Phone: Call 1-800-668-6868 or text CONNECT to 686868
Hope for Wellness: Call 1-855-242-3310 or connect to the online Hope for Wellness chat
- If you are drinking follow Canada's Low Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines
- Exposure to alcohol before birth can cause FASD.
- Alcohol can affect every pregnancy.
- It is safest not to drink alcohol if you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant.
Use birth control if you are not trying to get prenant