Summer 2017
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Our Next FASD Community of Practice Event
FASD and Healthy Sexual Development

Jennifer DiPaolo, Intensive Case Manager (Carizon Family & Community Services) & Chair of Waterloo Region FASD Diagnostic Committee
October 17/17 2-3:30pm
@ Lutherwood 285 Benjamin Rd.
Waterloo, ON

Physical and emotional sexual development is a complicated process for any adolescent. Those with FASD experience enhanced and significant difficulties when navigating relationships. The information provided in this talk will discuss:
  • Typical child and youth sexual development
  • How to encourage positive relationships
  • Issues that may arise for children and youth with an FASD
  • Practical strategies for prevention of concerns and how to address issues that arise
Space is limited
Please RSVP to Karen Huber at

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How about neuroplasticity? Can’t a person’s brain fix itself?

Neuroplasticity is defined as the brain's capacity to change and adapt, for example after injuries such as strokes or traumatic brain injuries.

Researchers from University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada, have looked at neuroplasticity in people with prenatal alcohol exposure. They found the potential for neuroplasticity to reverse the alcohol-related effects were limited by a few factors:

•Fewer immature neuronal spines meaning less room for maturation, or change, in neurons

•Reduced neurogenesis in the adult hippocampus as well as reduced survival rate of cells (new cell generation is necessary for memory)

•Reduced NMDA receptors, which are the key to plasticity

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This resource is a great way to introduce practical strategies to parents and caregivers. Share this with the families you support.
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Kids Brain Health Network (KBHN, formerly NeuroDevNet) Environmental Scan of Stakeholder Needs

Purpose of the Research: Kids Brain Health Network (formerly NeuroDevNet) wishes to conduct an environmental scan with diverse stakeholders in order to inform future research directions, based on the needs and challenges experienced by parents of children with Cerebral Palsy, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders. This information will be collected from parents directly, as well as service providers/clinicians and policymakers who are aware of the needs of families based on regular interactions through their work.

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