New Beginnings Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
The New Beginnings FASD Program provided support to women and their families in preparing for healthy pregnancies, advocates for alcohol free pregnancies, delivers presentations to create awareness about the effects of alcohol consumption during pregnancy, and works to support individuals and families affected by FASD by navigating the clinical services or helping to obtain a diagnosis.
The New Beginnings FASD Program is for families with children up to 12 years of age, however, the program does assist families with children up to the age of 18 and plan to expand services to provide FASD Diagnostic Assessment services for the adult population where there are existing gaps at Noojmowin Teg Health Centre.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term that encompasses all disabilities caused by prenatal exposure to alcohol. The exposures may lead to lifelong challenges such as:
- Irreversible brain and neurological damage
- Developmental dysmaturity
- Memory deficits
- Poor judgement
- Listening & learning difficulties
Services that can be offered through the New Beginnings FASD Program include:
- Parenting strategies for Individuals and/or Groups & Parent seminars
- Facilitate access to Traditional workshops
- FASD Talking Circles & Support Groups
- Workshops: Baby Moss Bag making & Hand Drum making and teachings
For information on Noojmowin Teg Health Centre’s New Beginnings FASD programs and services, please contact the New Beginnings FASD Coordinator at (705) 368-0229 ext. 240.
For general inquiries on the programs and services provided by Noojmowin Teg Health Centre, please contact (705) 368-2182.