As we approach the halfway point of our 99 day journey to FASDay, I wanted to share an on-line resource I found for caregivers. There are some great programs and courses that are available at a cost, either on-line or in person, but this one focuses on caregivers (mainly for those in child welfare, but it is also applicable to families and anyone wanting a basic understanding of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) and it is free.
It is also self-study. I don’t know about you, but as a caregiver I found it very difficult to commit to anything that had a set date attached to it. For those just beginning their journey into the world of FASD or need a refresher, this course isn’t too intense and you set your own pace. It can also be used freely as a training module (with proper credit).
The purpose of this curriculum is to provide a venue for caregivers including foster parents, families, kinship care, youth and child care workers, child welfare services, and others trying to understand and cope with many of the life challenges faced by children with FASD. This curriculum has been developed as part of a research grant provided by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) that also included development of the website fasdchildwelfare.ca, and a tri province study in Alberta,Manitoba and Ontario in relation to prevalence of FASD in child welfare systems.
The Caregiver Curriculum on FASD is not an assessment or diagnostic tool. It provides basic information on FASD and caregiving and is intended as a resource to support caregiver learning. If you have concerns about any issues for a child in your care, please contact the appropriate professional member of the child’s team.
The Caregiver Curriculum on FASD has 6 major topics and detailed modules for each
topic. The curriculum includes and Introduction and the following modules:
- The Impact of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
- Understanding FASD as a Disability for Children in Care
- Caregiver Self-Care
- FASD and Behavior
- Special Topic – Grief and Loss
- Working with Professionals.
Click The Caregiver Curriculum on FASD to get started.