1. Educate yourself about FASD
2. Meet with all the people who interact with your child
Meet with all the people (e.g. school teacher, soccer coach, ballet instructor, employer) who interact with your child. Let them know about your child’s strengths, sensory challenges and triggers, and tell them what supports your child needs in order to be successful and what calms your child down after a blowout. For further information go to the Intervention and Support web page.
3. Tell everyone
Tell everyone you meet about the dangers of drinking alcohol during pregnancy or when planning a pregnancy. For further information visit the Prevention web page.
Plan an event for FASD Awareness on September 9. For further information visit the News & Events web page.
4. Join a local FASD network or start one
Many of the networks that exist throughout Ontario are due to the efforts of dedicated local parents and service providers. If there is nothing presently in your area, you might consider approaching agencies for help in starting the service most needed. Some organizations that might be able to help include:
- Community Action Program for Children: www.connectionsprogram.ca/capc-cpnp/index.php
- Children’s Aid societies: www.oacas.org
- Children’s Mental Health Agencies: www.kidsmentalhealth.ca
- Community Livings: www.communitylivingontario.ca
- Canadian Association of Family Resource Programs: www.frp.ca
5. Join a parent/caregiver support group
You will meet others who understand what you are going through and can give tips and links to local supports and services. Another option is to join an online discussion forum, also known as a listserv, for information and support.
6. Join the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) in your area
7. Contact a politician