Misbeliefs and FASD


The FASD Network of Saskatchewan is sharing some misconceptions about FASD. Help spread awareness by sharing the facts with the people you know!

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder continues to be a disability that is not well-known. Despite being identified as a diagnosis for decades there continues to be contradicting information distributed to the public resulting in associated stigmas and misconceptions.

Through years of service the FASD Network of Saskatchewan has identified several false beliefs about FASD.

  • Belief:All people who have FASD have below-average IQ. THIS IS NOT TRUE. Some individuals may have below-average IQ, some have average or above-average IQ. Each individual is affected uniquely.
  • Belief: Individuals with FASD will outgrow their difficulties. THIS IS NOT TRUE. FASD is a lifelong disability.
  • Belief:The behaviour problems of an individual with FASD happen because of bad parenting. THIS IS NOT TRUE. The primary disabilities that accompany…

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City of Grande Prairie, Alberta : Events : Grey Matters Conference 2016

Grey Matters Conference 2016

Date: 9/20/2016 – 9/21/2016 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Cost: Early Bird $245.00, Regular $300.00
Location: Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Center
11633 100 Street
Grande Prairie Alberta T8V 3Y2
The Grey Matters Conference is a two-day event that offers provincial service providers opportunities to network, gain knowledge and increase awareness of issues, supports and services for seniors.
For more information and to register please visit the link below:

Source: City of Grande Prairie, Alberta : Events : Grey Matters Conference 2016


Jaquie Brown’s tips to quit alcohol during pregnancy


Television personality, author and mother of two, Jaquie Brown, is the first to admit pregnancy isn’t always easy and cutting out the alcohol can feel alienating.

But, for her a happy and healthy baby made all the decaf coffees, soda waters and early nights worth it.

“It’s like when you’re building a house, you want to make sure the foundations are solid and strong. You don’t want to try and make a house with matchsticks then put a whole bunch of concrete on top, otherwise it will collapse,” says Brown.

Brown has a few tips for women planning to have a baby or in those early days of pregnancy to manage taking a break from alcohol.

1. It’s not about the size, it’s about the shape

“You don’t want to feel like you’re being left out if everybody else is drinking cocktails and you’re not.

“So one of the ways…

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Register now for the July 20, 2016 Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Webcast


Join us for this free, one-hour, thirty minute webcast titled Neurorelational Framework (NRF): An innovative approach to understanding FASD and guiding interventions.

This presentation will include an overview of NRF, touching on:
•    NRF and toxic or adaptive stress
•    The importance of high quality relationships: the dyadic approach
•    Understanding the four brain systems or networks (macro and micro)

Presenters will discuss applying the NRF principles (assessment, intervention and prevention) in interdisciplinary practice.

Case examples of NRF in FASD will also be presented  along with resources for training and learning more about NRF.


Date: Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Time: 2:00 p.m. –  3:30 p.m.
Speakers: Gail Andrew, MDCM, FRCPC & Carole Anne Hapchyn, MD, FRCPC
Register Here
Format: Live webcast presentation with Q & A
Cost: FREE! Please share with your networks
Q & A: You can pose questions to the speakers through the live chat functionality

Dr. Carole Anne Hapchyn is…

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Help Promote the Low Risk Drinking Guidelines This Canada Day


The Chief Public Health Office and the Liquor Control Commission are encouraging Canadians to follow the Canadian Centre of Substance Abuse’s Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines.

The guidelines were developed to help Canadians moderate their alcohol consumption and reduce immediate and long-term alcohol-related harm. The guidelines recommend that adults of legal drinking age do not consume more than two drinks a day or 10 per week for women, and three drinks a day or 15 per week for men.

“Consuming alcohol is a personal choice, and if you are choosing to drink these guidelines help to promote a culture of moderation,”said Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison.

At least half of all alcohol consumed in Canada is consumed in excess of Canada’s Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines. If Canadian drinkers were drinking alcohol within the guidelines, it is estimated that alcohol-related deaths would be reduced by approximately 4,600 each year.

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10 Things You Need to Know About #FASD


90 Real People. Real Lives – Red Shoes Rock International Relay
Guest Blogger Ann Yurcek
Visit her blog at Parenting Complex Children

Day 10 Ten Things You Need to Know
About FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders)

  1. People with FASD have challenges due to no fault of their own.  They are innocent victims of Prenatal Alcohol exposure.
  2. FASD is complicated and no two people are alike. Prenatal alcohol exposure can cause damage to any system of the body.  In recent medical literature there were found to be over 400 different diagnoses and problems are associated with FAS.
  3. Most of the time FASD is invisible.   People with FASD can look normal, but struggle with normal. Only 1 out of 10 will have the visible physical characteristics associated with prenatal alcohol exposure.
  4. Most people with FASD will have a normal intelligence.  Some will have high intellect and still struggle.  The majority will need…

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Free FASD Presentation

The NWFASD Network invites you to attend a special presentation given by our Diagnostic Clinic Coordinator, Vanessa Norris.

This oral presentation will give the audience a brief snapshot of a working collaboration between the Northwest FASD Network and the Aseniwuche Winewak Nation, focusing on how the collaboration provides a rough model to the TRC’s call for FASD ‘programs that can be delivered in a culturally appropriate manner’.

The Northwest Alberta FASD Network implements and evaluates FASD programming based on three focused goals: coordinated assessments and diagnosis, targeted prevention, and support services for people with FASD as well as their caregivers.

The presentation aims to promote discussion around addressing FASD in relevant and culturally appropriate manners throughout Canada.

Date:             June 9th 2016

Time:             3pm-4pm

Location:      Community Social Development Boardroom


Refreshments will be provided



The NWFASD Network is looking to hire a temporary Program Support Worker.

We are looking to hire a temporary maternity leave position for seven months (June 15th 2016-January 15th, 2017.  The program support reports to the FASD Network Coordinator and assists with budget, contract file maintenance, general administrative support, and overall team support.  We’re looking for someone who works well in a team or independently and is a self-starter with a passion to help vulnerable populations throughout our region. If you or someone you know may be interested in applying, please see the link below for the job posting.  




WEBINAR:FASD: A guideline for diagnosis across the lifespan.

The Government of Alberta is hosting a free, one-hour and thirty minute webcast titled: FASD: A guideline for diagnosis across the lifespan.  This presentation will focus on the recommendations in the recently revised Canadian FASD diagnostic guideline.


Topics include:

▪    Why FASD diagnosis is important

▪    An overview of the FASD diagnostic guideline update and revision project

▪    Clinic survey data

▪    Considerations/recommendations including:

  • –    prenatal alcohol exposure
  • –    growth
  • –    brain
  • –    nomenclature
  • –    infants, young children and adults

▪    A diagnostic flowchart

▪    Summary & conclusion

AGENDA: Date: Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Format: Live webcast presentation with Q & A

Q & A: You can pose questions to the speaker through the live chat functionality

SPEAKER: Dr. Rajani is a General Pediatrician at the Northeast Community Health Centre in Edmonton.  He is also a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, and teaches residents and students in the ambulatory and inpatient setting. Dr. Rajani has been on the diagnostic team with Lakeland Centre for FASD for 15 years and with Northwest Central FASD Network Clinic for 5 years. He has provided consultation support to a number of diagnostic teams and presents at provincial, national and international conferences on FASD.