FASD Sessions 2018, Focusing on Strengths, Building A Support Team
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FASD Sessions 2018

Seats are filling up fast for this year's conference.

The second annual FASD Sessions will be held in Saskatoon on March 27th to 28th. This conference is held for professionals who work with individuals and families impacted by FASD. Focusing on a theme of “Advocating & Accommodating,” the two-day event will include sessions from Saskatchewan experts. These sessions will be of interest to anyone supporting people with FASD including frontline workers, community agencies, support workers, education professionals, social workers, mental health professionals, addictions service providers, justice & correction workers, academics, caregivers & more!

The registration cost for this event is $175. For more information or to register visit the Network’s website.


Focusing on Strengths

FASD is a unique disability that impacts everyone differently. While it is important to understand the ways in which an individual is impacted and what areas of brain functioning may be affected by prenatal alcohol exposure, it is equally important to understand the strengths of each individual.

When support a youth or adult with FASD, it is crucial to take a strength-based approach. When developing strategies to help an individual succeed the first step is to identify their strengths and create techniques for support that utilize these areas. Using strengths to overcome struggles will create a good fit in the between the individual’s abilities and their environment, which will make an incredible difference.

For example, individuals with FASD often showing amazing talents in areas of creativity. Here at the Network we have many clients who excel in areas of music, art, and creative writing. For clients who are artistically inclined, it might help to have them design their own routine charts or visual cues to aid their memory deficits. For musically inclined clients, suggesting that they write songs to remember the steps of certain tasks may help them. Individuals with FASD are often hands-on learners, which is another great strength that can be utilized. For example, if a child is struggling with math but loves playing with Lego trying to incorporate Lego into their math lessons can be a way of using their interests to teach them a new skill. Using a strength-based approach can be done by taking their interests and adapting them to aid the areas in which they struggle.

People with FASD are willing and able to learn when strategies match learning styles and build on strengths rather than deficits (Malbin, 2008).  

Building a Support Team

As a caregiver to a child with FASD, you may feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders. Building a team of trusted people to help support your child can help you make the important decisions that will impact your child’s life. Creating a team of experts can help you and your child succeed.


  • As a start, your team could include a family doctor, pediatrician, psychologist and an occupational therapist, etc.
  • The individual living with FASD should be an active member of their own support team and involved in decisions.
  • Ask other caregivers in your community for advice on which professionals understand FASD.
  • It is important that whoever you choose to include on your support team listens to you. The professionals are there to provide advice but they should listen to and consider your input as you are the expert.
  • Make sure the professionals you’re working with know who your support team is.
  • A good strategy may be to create a list of every service and person you are working with so you can provide the list when you access new supports or if there’s a change in workers.
  • Sign consent forms that will allow your support team and other professionals to communicate directly with each other.
  • When you meet with the team or other professionals you may want to bring someone for emotional support such as a spouse, family member, or friend.

Upcoming Events

March 7                March 14               March 17
Improv                               Peer Support                    Coaches Training (Saskatoon) 

March 19               March 21               March 27-28
Frontline Training             Caregiver Support            FASD Sessions 2018

To RSVP for upcoming events visit our calendar online.

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