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FASD Training and Consultation Services

We offer training and consultation services to caregivers, schools and agencies internationally and across Ontario, as well as Diagnostic Interpretation of Abilities Clinics (DIAC).

Our training includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • Introduction to FASD
  • FASD for Caregivers and Support Workers
  • FASD and Sensory Processing
  • FASD: Classroom and Educational Success
  • FASD: Stress Management for Caregivers
  • Managing Challenging Behaviour
  • More specific trainings by request

Consultation services include:

  • Workshops and trainings for caregivers and professionals on how to promote success with the individual they are working with or caring for.

  • Specific information and strategies pertaining to increasing success and improving outcomes for the individual they are working with or caring for.

Diagnostic Interpretations of Abilities Clinics (DIAC):

The DIAC© clinics provide a detailed, clear explanation of the individual's respective medical diagnosis including various harmful prenatal exposures, genetic and hereditary factors and social history. Identifying the patient’s specific physical, sensory, cognitive, and executive functioning variables provides answers to how and why these issues might appear to be intentionally undesirable behaviours.  The ultimate goals are to enhance understanding of FASD as whole body disorders, and offer approaches based on patient-specific information.

Once these issues are acknowledged, prevention strategies and intervention techniques are suitably designed utilizing the OBD Triage 3 Steps Plan of Action by focusing on individual strengths, interests, and abilities in order to create successes in all areas of their life course. The aim is to assist individuals, families, Courts, Social Service, Treatment, and community agencies in developing appropriate planning within the home, residential, academic/vocational settings as well as recreational activities.

The clinic consists of a two-hour Power Point™ presentation designed exclusively regarding the child, youth or adult, with expressed consent of the legal guardian. Invitations are extended to all persons living and/or working with the individual including: Caregivers, Respite providers, Teachers, Coaches, Principals, Classroom Aides, Probation Officers, Lawyers, Employment Preparation Staff or Employers, Foster Care Support Workers, Children’s Services Workers, Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD) and Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) service providers, Youth Workers, Group Home and/or agency staff, Therapists, Addictions Treatment Counsellors, and Justice representatives.

The clinics are available online to present to the community where the patient resides.

The structure of these clinics is as follows:

  1. To review the identification of the patient's physical findings (over two hundred physical possibilities are reviewed that pertain to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders) that may translate to challenges for the individual, and present to others with the appearance of intentionally inappropriate behaviours.

  2. Identify specific sensory integration issues that may cause frustration for the individual in the classroom, home, treatment, work or community environments.

  3. To provide an accurate explanation of the overall cognitive and executive functioning abilities by connecting processing abilities with outcomes of challenging behavioural issues. Strategies are prepared based on strengths and interests, while supporting areas of need.

  4. Explore social history and discuss the potential impact of any previous childhood maltreatment, and social history factors as they pertain to strategy development.

  5. Utilizing the OBD 3 Steps Plan of Action tool, demonstrate which issues are likely responsible for the manifestation of the current behaviours of collective concern. Patient-specific prevention methods and intervention strategies are designed to reduce incidence of the inappropriate behaviour(s).

  6. The group is encouraged to open discussion to develop suggestions and recommendations with the collective goal to modify (if required), the home, school, therapeutic, treatment, and/or recreational environments. Invitations are extended to all persons involved (as per the Legal Guardian’s request), with the objective to develop positive relationship, and provide consistency in all areas of service delivery.

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