Mental Health for Caregivers of Individuals with FASD

It is well documented that caregivers of children with disabilities experience increased levels of stress. But caregivers of children with FASD have been shown to experience higher levels of stress than most people. In a 2009 study, 92% of primary caregivers of individuals with FASD had clinically elevated stress levels. These number show that finding effective ways for caregivers to manage stress is especially important for this population.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Caregivers

A member of the CanFASD Family Advisory Committee recently had the opportunity to participate in a research program that gave caregivers of individuals with FASD the skills to better manage the challenges and stresses of their daily lives using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Patients with FASD: Tips for Healthcare Providers

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, frontline health care providers are working day and night to protect the health and safety of individuals all across Canada. We honor and respect their sacrifice and commitment to Canadians in this challenging time. This blog post provides a few tips to help frontline health care workers manage the specialized needs of individuals with FASD during COVID-19.

Feature Friday: Mary Ann Bunkowsky

Mary Ann is a mother of two boys. Her oldest is 14 years old and has an FASD diagnosis. Her younger son is 11. He has been diagnosed with a number of neurodevelopmental difficulties, including Autism, but she has been unable to get an FASD diagnosis for him because they have no proof of prenatal […]

COVID-19 Tips for Caregivers of Individuals with FASD

Challenges with sensory regulation, attention, memory, and emotional regulation make it difficult for children with FASD to understand and implement preventive health practices. The social distancing measures that have been put in place can result in feelings of depression, stress, confusion, and anxiety. This blog outlines some tips for caregivers to help you implement preventive health practices in your home.

Managing Stress Surrounding COVID-19

Federal, provincial, and territorial governments in Canada are implementing strict measures to slow the spread of COVID-19. Some recent measures have included travel restrictions, school closures, and event cancellations. Governments are urging Canadians to practice social distancing and stay home whenever possible. However, these preventative measures can be overwhelming, stressful, and anxiety-inducing for individuals with FASD and their families.

Nunavut Members Needed for Family Advisory Committee

Are you a parent with a loved one with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) who would like to make a difference in your child’s life and the lives of others that have been prenatally exposed to alcohol? Do you like learning and contributing to discussions that lead to change and new discoveries? Do you presently reside in Nunavut?

Issue Paper: FASD and Child Welfare

FASD is one of the most critical issues in child welfare, given the high vulnerability and increased prevalence of children with FASD in the child-care system. Social workers and health professionals are in the perfect position to ensure early diagnosis and intervention for children in the child welfare system, but these professionals may not have adequate knowledge and training to do so.

Top FASD Articles of 2019

We’ve selected a few of the research articles that have been published over the last year to highlight the recent work that has been done in the field of FASD. In 2019 we compiled a list of 230 articles that were published in the field of FASD. We narrowed our list of top articles down to […]