FASD Key Worker Program

The Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Key Worker service is a parent support program for families with children between the ages of 0 and 19 who have a diagnosis of FASD, are suspected of having FASD, or have a similar Complex Behavioural Disorder. 

 

WHAT IS FASD?


Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is a term used to describe a range of life long disabilities that may affect people whose mother drank alcohol while they were pregnant. 

Some women do not know that alcohol can damage their unborn baby; others may not be able to stop using alcohol. Other women stop drinking when they find out they are pregnant, but some injury may have already happened. There is no safe amount or safe time to use alcohol during pregnancy.

The disabilities cased by FASD are present at birth and can include physical, learning and behavioural difficulties. 

INVISIBLE DISABILITY

FASD is often called an invisible disability. The signs and symptoms may go unnoticed. Most people with FASD look the same as everyone else, but they have differences on how their brain works that can make life difficult for them. 

SIGNS & SYMPTOMS

  • Trouble with social skills
  • Memory problems
  • Impulsiveness
  • Acting younger than their age
  • Sensory problems (sounds, lights)
  • Needs more time to learn things
  • Hyperactive
  • Trouble with math

HOW DO WE HELP PEOPLE WITH FASD?

 

Although FASD is a lifelong disability, people with FASD can live healthy and successful lives with appropriate supports and services.

Some examples include:

  • Early detection and diagnosis
  • Educational supports
  • Knowledgeable family
  • Knowledgeable professionals
  • Vocational training
  • Employment programs
  • Structured environments
  • Supportive accomodations
  • Sometimes lifelong care

 

 

 

FASD KEY WORKER SERVICES


The FASD Key Worker can:

  • Assist family members, caregivers, educators and service providers to better understand the child's strengths and challenges and identify ways to adapt the child's environment in response to these needs
  • Provide information about services and supports (education, social services, financial resources, recreation, transportation, health,e tc.) and how to access them
  • Support families through the FASD assessment processes, and assist with implementing recommendations from the assessment
  • Provide confidential emotional and practical supports to parents and caregivers
  • Support parents as they advocate for their child's needs; attend meetings at schools, medical appointments and other services
  • Organize parent to parents supports
  • Provide planning and supports to youth as they transition to adulthood
  • Provide FASD trainings, awareness and resources
  • Confidential consultations (can be by phone) for those who are concerned a child may have been exposed to alcohol during pregnancy 

 

AREAS SERVED

Serving families from Campbell River to Oyster River, Gold River, Tahsis, Sayward, Quadra and Cortes Islands

REGULAR OFFICE HOURS

9:00a.m. - 4:00p.m. (Monday to Friday)

 

 

HOW DO I CONNECT WITH THE FASD KEY WORKER?

The FASD Key Worker program has an open referral process including referrals from parents, caregivers, physicians, nurses, preschool, child care staff, schools or other community supports. Families can call directly and referral sources can fill out a referral form (contact information and referral form below).

 

LEARN MORE ABOUT FASD

Please see our links section for a selection of websites that offer resources, free downloads, videos, etc., to support your continued learning.

 

Address / Contact Info

Campbell River and District Association for Community Living Dogwood Place - Child and Youth Development Centre
301 Dogwood Street Campbell River, BCV9W 2Y1
FASD Key Worker : Jenny McLeod

Phone Numbers

Phone : (250) 286-0955 ext. 224
Fax : (250) 287-2676

Hours of Operation

Regular hours: Mon - Fri, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Web Links

Forms and Resources

Location Map

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This program was last updated on 16 Nov 2015.