FASD Sessions 2023

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FASD Sessions 2023

The FASD Network will be holding its annual FASD Sessions conference on March 8 & 9, 2023 in Saskatoon.

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TCU Place 35 22 Street East Saskatoon, SK S7K 0C8 Canada

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  • 1 day 7 hours
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The FASD Network is pleased to announce the seventh annual “FASD Sessions”.

This two-day conference will be held in Saskatoon on Wednesday, March 8, and Thursday, March 9th in Saskatoon at TCU Place (35 22nd Street East).

This year’s theme will focus on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Sensory Impairments. An individual's sensory needs can impact every aspect of their everyday life. This can include negative impacts on learning, physical functioning, social abilities, and behavioural development. Addressing sensory impairments is a critical component of supporting individuals with FASD.

The event will include presentations from experts in diverse fields with a variety of backgrounds. FASD Sessions 2023 will provide rich content, key takeaways, and opportunities to network with other professionals from across the province.

FASD Sessions 2023 will benefit anyone who works with individuals impacted by FASD including frontline workers, support workers, social workers, educators, community agencies, childcare workers, mental health professionals, addiction service providers, justice and correction professionals, students, caregivers, and more.


Wednesday, March 8th

8:30 am - Registration

9:30 am - Opening Remarks

9:45 am - 'Using Sensory Processing Tools to Enhance Self-Regulation' by Theraplay Pediatric Services

11:15 am - Break

11:30 am - 'Sensory World of Individuals with FASD' by Shana & Keisha Mohr

12:15 pm - Lunch break

1:15 pm - Interactive session

2:00 pm - 'How Anxiety Impacts Our Body and How to Manage It' by Carters Counselling Services

3:30 pm - Day 1 concluded

Thursday, March 9th

9:00 am - CanFASD Presentation by Audrey McFarlane

10:30 am - Break

10:45 am - 'Exploring Sensory Needs at Lakeland Summer Camp' by Lakeland Centre for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

12:15 pm - Lunch break

1:00 pm - session to be determined

1:45 pm - break

2:00 pm - 'Both Sides of the Coin' by All Relations Consulting

3:30 pm - Closing Remarks

If your organization would like to pay by cheque, please select 'pay by invoice' at checkout. An online registration must still be completed.


'Using Sensory Processing Tools to Enhance Self-Regulation' by Theraplay Pediatric Services

Presenters: David Ambrose, MSc; BMR(OT); OT Reg

In this 90 minute presentation, basic background information on sensory processing, including the Dunn model of sensory processing for self-regulation, will be presented. Different patterns of sensory processing needs will be explored. Participants will have the opportunity to practice low-cost, easily-planned sensory activities that support self-regulation.

'Sensory World of Individuals with FASD' by Shana & Keisha Mohr

Presenters: Shana & Keisha Mohr

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'How Anxiety Impacts Our Body and How to Manage it' by Carters Counselling Services

Presenters: Katharine Carter, BSW, RSW, M.Ed., And Qualified Mediato and J enna Blahay BSW, RSW, specializes in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART)

Katharine Carter, a social worker by training, founded Carter’s Counselling. Katharine recognized that, naturally, many services and supports exist in large urban centers such as Saskatoon. However, access to resources is more limited in smaller communities. Carter’s Counselling was created from the social work value: everyone should have equal access to services, regardless of where they live.

Katharine's presentation will focus on individuals who struggle with mental health and ways to cope. Research shows individuals with FASD face significant mental health challenges.

Mental health is a significant consideration when discussing the needs and supports of individuals living with FASD. Screening for mental illness early on in the lives of individuals living with FASD can be an essential strategy to help people realize their full potential by recognizing their inherent strengths and skills. No one wants to live in crisis.

'CanFASD Presentation'

Presenters: Audrey McFarlane, B.CR, MBA

CanFASD Research Network is the only FASD specific research network in Canada. Why is research important and why should you consider getting involved. This presentation will cover many of the current research projects that will provide hope that evidence is being worked on that can improve service for people with FASD. CanFASD turns the evidence or research into many tools and resources for different audiences to use. This talk will also provide an update on the progression of Bill S-253 for a National Framework on FASD.

'Exploring Sensory Needs at Lakeland Summer Camp' by Lakeland Centre for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Presenters: Pateresa Romuld, RSW & Randi Martin, BA, DKATI

This presentation aims to demonstrate the considerations and intentions behind implementing a summer camp for children with FASD with a focus on meeting sensory needs. We will introduce LCFASD's Lakeland Summer Camp and explore the unique dynamics that support the sensory needs of children and youth with FASD, along with success stories and creative approaches for sensory regulation. This presentation will be informed by the professional lived experiences of Pateresa Romuld, RSW (LCFASD Transition Coordinator & Summer Camp Supervisor) and Randi Martin, BA, DKATI, (LCFASD Counsellor). They both began their journeys with LCFASD as Summer Camp Leaders and collectively have 9 years experience working at the Lakeland Summer Camp.

'Both Sides of the Coin' by All Relations Consulting

Presenters: Matthew Sinclair

Matthew Sinclair's home community is Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation in Saskatchewan. He resides in London, Ontario. His educational background is a combination of lived experience and academic, as he graduated from the Sault College Graduate Program FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) class of 2021. He is a professional speaker and advocate in the field of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder/Addictions working in the field of education and non-profit organization. A milestone in his professional career was co-creating and designing a community program designed to help others living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder as the FASD Worker for Algoma and Northern Ontario, with partnerships with Er Consulting, Sault Ste Marie Indigenous Friendship Centre. Matthew is currently the CEO of All Relations Consulting. Additionally, he volunteers with Native Canadian Toastmaster in Toronto.