Research Paper - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

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Running head: FASD Research Project Plan: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder – Specific programming and Summer Camp Settings. Step 1 What are you going to do? Why is it important? The Lakeland Centre for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a non-profit organization which works with a multi-disciplinary team in diagnosing, counselling, mentoring and programming for individuals in the Lakeland area (Cold Lake, Alberta). They provide diagnostic and assessment services for adults and children, mothers-to-be-mentoring, training and presentations and summer youth programming. For the purpose of this assignment I am choosing to focus on the summer youth programming. The summer camp is held yearly for children and youth between the ages of 8-17 who have been diagnosed with FASD. The camps are set up according to age and gender and run for six days and five nights with four main staff working around the clock daily with volunteers (Speech and Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Scout leaders etc…) helping out with the implementation of programming. The purpose for this camp is twofold one, to provide respite for the families and caregivers of the youth and two, to provide safe and fun programming for youths who have had less than positive previous camp experiences. This summer camp hopes to provide continual learning of acceptable social behaviour, peer socializing and new experiences with children sharing the same diagnosis in a positive learning environment. The aspect that interests me the most is that the camp is designed to provide specialized programming for the children while they are at camp, specific and geared towards their diagnosis. The outcome is that the children will learn appropriate ways of dealing with situations rather than being removed from camp. Diagnosis- specific programming is often overlooked in “regular” camp

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