FREE ONLINE TRAINING- Practical Strategies for the School Environment
FASD for School Staff Level II is an advanced training course intended for all educators working with students with FASD including all administrators, teachers, educational assistants, ECE’s, office admin, Board personnel and bus drivers. This Level 2 training course, building on the Level 1 Foundations in FASD course, provides the perspective of individuals who have FASD and their caregivers, is evidence-based and current, employs a culturally sensitive approach, and is presented in a way that is responsive to educators.
ALL ABOUT ME
Getting Ready for September....
Back to school in September for children....and parents living with FASD can be full of anxiety and excitement. Be prepared to share what works with and for your child with a customized ALL ABOUT ME booklet for teachers, EAs, crossing guards, etc.
Here is an example: https://www.fasdwaterlooregion.ca/assets/documents/ALL-ABOUT-ME_FINAL.pdf
Recruiting families for a study to improve sleep in children with FASD, (and/or ADHD, Autism, Cerebral Palsy)
Better Nights, Better Days for Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders (BNBD-NDD)
An Online Behavioural Treatment for Pediatric Sleep Issues in Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Up to 90% of Canadian children with neurodevelopmental disorders (NDD) experience insomnia symptoms including trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, and waking too early. Insomnia leads to poor sleep quality and quantity, which can lead to increased challenges with academic, emotional, social, and physical functioning, and can contribute to increased symptom presentation in children with neurodevelopmental disorders.
Evidence supports the effectiveness of behavioural treatments for insomnia. However, these interventions are not often available to families of children with NDDs. This is why Dr. Penny Corkum (Dalhousie University) and Dr. Shelly Weiss (University of Toronto), along with their colleagues from across Canada have created an online sleep intervention program, called Better Nights, Better Days for Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders (BNBD-NDD)http://ndd.betternightsbetterdays.ca/. BNBD-NDD is an evidence-based, transdiagnostic online program for parents with children ages 4-10 years old with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) , as well as children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Cerebral Palsy (CP), that experience insomnia. The BNBD-NDD program can help parents help their children to sleep better so that they can achieve the best academic outcomes.
Dr. Corkum, Dr. Weiss, and the BNBD-NDD research team are currently looking for 320 families from across Canada to participate in their research study to evaluate the effectiveness of BNBD-NDD. Members of the research team will also be conducting a free Facebook Live public webinar series on sleep in children with NDDs as families prepare to head back to school https://www.facebook.com/betternightsdays/
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder- Considerations for JUSTICE Involved Individuals
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Target Audience- Justice Professionals, Caregivers and Service Providers
Waterloo Regional Police Service- North Division Community Room
45 Columbia St E, Waterloo, ON N2J 4N7
September 20th 2-4pm
Kaitlyn McLachlan is an Assistant Professor in the CPA-accredited Clinical Psychology program at the University of Guelph. At the core of her work is the application of clinical and developmental psychological theory in understanding developmental risk factors that lead to adverse outcomes for vulnerable youth. Her current program of research centres around Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and neurodevelopmental disability across the lifespan, with a focus on the criminal justice system. Dr. McLachlan's research interests include understanding neurobiological and environmental risk markers associated with adverse outcomes in FASD, the importance of establishing valid and reliable screening and diagnostic approaches, and better understanding risk and protective factors associated with criminal justice system trajectories. The overall focus of her research and clinical work seeks to improve developmental and social outcomes for vulnerable youth. She applies an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to her research, with current projects using EEG and eye movement recording to identify novel neurobiomarkers for FASD in the criminal justice context. Her broader forensic interests include comprehension of rights at interrogation, fitness to stand trial, violence risk assessment, and professional practices among forensic clinicians.