Phone: (204) 786-7051

FASD Family Support, Education and Counselling Program

Working with families and the community to support children and youth with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

 “The Counsellor was really helpful in finding daycare for my child and summer programming, their support made a big difference in my life, knowing they were always there to help”. – Parent

“The program sees the potential and breathes hope into the situation”. – School Social Worker

PROGRAM OVERVIEW:

The FASD Family Support Program (formally known as the Interagency FASD Program) has been delivering services to families living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder since 1994. Our program works with children from birth to 14 years of age with confirmed pre-natal exposure to alcohol. Services include supporting children, families and the community to understand the strengths and challenges of FASD.

FASD FAMILY SUPPORT CHILDREN’S PROGRAM PROVIDES:

  • Home-based services for families caring for children up to age 6 who have been prenatally exposed to alcohol
  • Help in understanding the strengths and challenges of individuals with FASD
  • Information about alcohol-related disabilities and the sensory needs of children
  • Assistance and advocacy for families in matters of childcare, housing and daily living issues
  • Services which address issues related to: child development, attachment, school readiness skills, healthy nutrition, positive coping, mental health, addictions and safety
  • Support in accessing diagnostic services and other community based resources
  • Self-Regulation Therapy for parent, and child participants of the program
  • Circle of Security Parenting (COS-P) group offered for program participants (for parents who are interested in continuing to nurture a successful attachment relationship with their child)
  • Services that are trauma informed, culturally sensitive, non-judgmental and participant led

 “Just having that other voice speak for me because things can be overwhelming at times when you’re trying to fight for your child’s best interest”. – Parent

“The program services are very helpful especially when dealing with complex family needs; they provided hands on strategies and introduced the family to healthy ways of coping”. – Community

FASD FAMILY SUPPORT YOUTH PROGRAM PROVIDES:

  • Home based services for families caring for children/youth from age 6 to 14 years of age, who have been pre-natally exposed to alcohol
  • Help in understanding the strengths and challenges of individuals with FASD
  • Information about alcohol-related disabilities and the sensory needs of children/youth
  • Assistance and advocacy for youth and families in matters related to academic needs, community involvement and volunteer experiences, EIA, employment, housing, addiction and prevention services, mental health and other daily living issues
  • Support in accessing diagnostic services and other community based resources
  • Services that are trauma informed, culturally sensitive, non-judgmental and participant led
  • Self-Regulation Therapy for parent, and youth participants of the program
  • Teen Life Skills Group offered alternately (focus on exploring relaxation techniques, developing healthy relationships, and working as a team while learning to cook)

 

COMMUNITY CONSULTATION SERVICES INCLUDE:

  • Short-term consultation for families and organizations
  • Workshops and training for parents and professionals

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ABOUT FASD:

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder or FASD describes the range of effects that may occur to an individual as a result of pre-natal alcohol exposure. FASD is often considered a hidden disability.  An individual with FASD may have no obvious facial differences; however, may still experience challenges affecting development, behavior and learning.

HOW CAN FASD AFFECT INDIVIDUALS?

Alcohol changes the way the brain develops during pregnancy. Individuals may have difficulty with:

  • Memory
  • Learning
  • Understanding
  • Communication/Speech
  • Problem Solving
  • Emotional Control
  • Adapting to new situations
  • Eating & Sleeping
  • Planning
  • Reasoning
  • Movement & balance
  • Attention & Hyperactivity
  • Life and Social Skills
  • Over stimulation

LINKS TO FASD COMMUNITY BASED SERVICES and RESOURCES:

 

 

Funding for the program is provided by the Public Health Agency of Canada, under the Community Action Programs for Children. In September 2009, our sponsorship changed and we became an off-site program of New Directions for Children, Youth, Adults and Families. In October of 2012 we received additional funding from Healthy Child Manitoba to work with children/youth from ages 6 to14. This enhancement to existing services has allowed us to better respond to the needs of individuals and families living with FASD in the pre-teen/teen years.

REFERRALS

Parents and community agencies can make referrals to the program.

Or contact us at:
T: 204-582-8658
F: 204-586-1874
E: IFASD@newdirections.mb.ca
Family Support, Education & Counselling
Unit 10 254 Stella Walk
Winnipeg Manitoba R2W 2T3

To Learn more about our services:

FASD RESOURCES AND PUBLICATIONS

The Hidden Disability: FASD

“The Hidden Disability “, is a user friendly booklet featuring some of the main topics related to FASD. It provides a concise overview including information about FASD, alcohol and pregnancy, strategies for success, story of hope and list of resources.

For a print copy of the “The Hidden Disabilty” – click here

Coping with Stress

This booklet is meant to be s short, easy to read resource which assists adult caregivers to identify some early signs of stress and provides a few simple, practical coping strategies.

For a print copy of the “Coping with Stress booklet”- click here

But, Michael Makes Me Laugh

This is a short story inspired by a young boy and written by his mom to help his classmates understand his challenges related to FASD. It has since become an educational tool to heighten awareness regarding this largely invisible disability.

For a print copy of “But Michael Makes Me Laugh”-click here

You Can Do It Too
This is a short graphic novel (comic book) describing the different experiences of two children within FASD, highlighting the redeeming power and impact of “doing things differently.”

For a print copy of “You Can Do It Too”-click here

This is Me

The “This is Me” package consists of a printed manual and an accompanying CD-Rom which offers respectful, visually interesting, animated examples of the strengths, challenges and strategies for accommodation to support individuals with FASD.

To order this item, please call us at 204-582-8658

To print an order form for any of our Resources-click here

The FASD Language guide was created in an effort to promote the dignity of those impacted by FASD and their families.

For a print copy of “The FASD Language Guide”-click here