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Articles: FASD Training in Regina, Finding the Reasons for Behaviours, & Supporting Adult Clients
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FASD Training in Regina

The FASD Network is bringing some of our training sessions to Regina in the new year!

FASD Training for Frontline Workers
Monday, January 29th
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

This two-part training provides frontline workers with an in-depth knowledge of FASD. Attendees will learn about the primary disabilities of FASD and how they relate to an individual’s behaviour as well as practical strategies to supports people with FASD.

Register Here.
 

Free FASD Training for Coaches
Thursday, February 8th
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The objective of this project is to train local coaches on how to support children with FASD so they can learn new skills, gain self-confidence, and become contributing members of their teams. The strategies that will be covered in this training can be used to support children living with other disabilities as well such as autism, ADHD, and more.

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Finding the Reasons for Behaviours

It is important to remember that if a child has FASD she has a disability. Behaviours she exhibits are quite often a result of the disability and her environment, they are not intentional. She is not doing things to purposely make you mad or frustrated; her behaviours are a direct result of the prenatal alcohol exposure and often become a way of communicating.
 
Once you understand and make sense of her behaviours, it will be easier to put the proper supports and interventions in place. When you’re in the moment it can be difficult to objectively analyze your child’s behaviours so let some time pass and when you have a quiet moment to yourself sit down and really think about the behaviours you’re seeing.

  • First, depersonalize the behaviour. Think of them as symptoms of the disability.
  • Look at behaviours as an attempt at communication. What is your child trying to express? Frustration? Fatigue? Fear?
  • Explore the factors that may be causing the behaviours. Behaviour records, such as a journal, allow you to look back to see what was going on when certain behaviours have happened and what the common occurrence has been.
  • Look at the things in their environment that may result in behaviours. When children have heightened senses, they may need to shut down or they might act out.
  • Consider your expectations. Are they appropriate for the child’s developmental age rather than their chronological age? Have you taken the child’s abilities into consideration? There is a chance that behaviours can be a result of a poor fit between our expectations for a child and the child’s ability to reach these expectations.
  • Try discussing the behaviours with your child. Ask what they are feeling/experiencing at the time.

 

Once you think you have identified what is causing the unwanted behaviour, whether it’s a sensory stimulus in their environment that was causing discomfort or frustration at being unable to successfully do a task, you can now begin creating strategies and supports to help your child.

Supporting Adult Clients

The disabilities associated with FASD are lifelong. It is a common misconception that individuals with FASD will outgrow their difficulties, this is not true. The primary disabilities linked with FASD are permanent, the damage to the brain from prenatal alcohol exposure does not lessen or improve.

Difficulties with memory, troubles with problem-solving, communication problems, and all the other primary disabilities associated with FASD will be lifelong struggles. In fact, research shows that as individuals with FASD grow, the gap between their chronological age and developmental abilities can actually widen. Yet, as they age out of systems and become adults, they will face increased expectations and responsibilities, with a decrease in the services available to them.  

Instead of this drop-off in services, as individuals with FASD become adults they may require even more intensive supports. Becoming an adult means a lot will change in a person’s life, for instance losing the routine and structure of school, the huge transition into the workforce, growing expectations to take charge of their own daily living, and the effects on their mental health when they can’t achieve the same independence as their peers. All of this change and pressure while still struggling with cognitive, physical, behavioural, and sensory disabilities is what results in the secondary effects of FASD, in particular, substance use disorders, employment problems, homelessness, and mental health issues. It is very important that we continue to offer individuals with FASD the same level of support, no matter what their age.
Encouraging interdependence, adjusting our expectations, and continuing to offer all the supports possible can help individuals with FASD lead happy and successful adult lives.

Upcoming Events

December 6                            December 13                     
Life skills Workshop                                 Peer Support Meeting

December 18                           December 20                
Frontline Training                                     Caregiver Support Meeting



To RSVP for upcoming events visit our calendar online.

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1-866-673-3276
info@fasdnetwork.ca
www.saskfasdnetwork.ca

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