Welcome To NEAFAN

North East Alberta FASD Network

We are here to enhance FASD services and supports for those affected by FASD and their caregivers. NEAFAN operates within the Wood Buffalo Municipal Area including Fort McMurray and Surrounding Communities. Please find the information about FASD on this website and become “FASD informed”


The North East Alberta Fetal Alcohol Network (NEAFAN) is one of twelve (12) FASD Service Networks set up across Alberta to enhance FASD services and supports for those affected by FASD and their caregivers. These networks are tasked with developing and enhancing FASD services and supports to address the impact of FASD on individuals, families and communities in a community-based, collaborative model that engages with key stakeholders on an ongoing basis.

NEAFAN Programs and Services

Assessment and Diagnosis

The first step towards helping individuals and caregivers learn how to cope-The FASD diagnosis ensures adequate supports are put in place, leading to improved outcomes for those affected by FASD.
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NEAFAN works to enhance direct prevention support for women of child bearing age who use harmful substances and need help and support.
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Support Programs

Outreach and Support for Individuals and Caregivers. These programs are designed to assist and support individuals affected by FASD and their families/caregivers.
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Prevention Conversation

The ‘FASD Prevention Conversation: A Shared Responsibility’ project aims to raise awareness about the risks of consuming alcohol during pregnancy and promote a shared responsibility in preventing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Note.
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We work on providing education and information about 1) the risks of drinking alcohol while pregnant, 2) the effects of FASD, 3) available services.
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WRaP2.0 provides ‘at-the-elbow’ assistance and professional development for educators and school authority staff to be supported to enhance their capacity to meet the education needs of students with FASD.
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NEAFAN Strategies

Essential Beliefs

Each person has unique strengths, and each person has a different learning style and faces different challenges. When trying different strategies it is important to note that some strategies may work and others may not- simply based on the uniqueness of the individual one approach may work in some instances and will not in others… its best to try different strategies until you find one that works- TRY DIFFERENT NOT HARDER!

Strategies for Caregivers

1 Every child affected with FASD is different and has her own unique strengths and challenges. Therefore, not all of the strategies mentioned in this website will work with your child. The best approach is to keep trying different strategies until you find the ones that work for you and your child. Once you find the best fit, stick to it. Remember that the strategies listed are not set in stone and can be modified to suit your child’s individual needs.

Strategies for Educators

FASD is a form of brain damage that can make it difficult for students to keep up with others in school or perform activities in daily life.

Individuals with FASD often demonstrate:

  • Impulsiveness
  • Poor judgment, social skills and organizational skills
  • Difficulty recognizing and setting boundaries
  • Good verbal skills but poor follow-through.

Strategies for Individuals with FASD

I have been diagnosed with FASD, now what?-

If you have been diagnosed with FASD, you need to know that it is okay to talk about it. The information below will help you better understand how the brain works and how you can deal with everyday challenges.

Use the information to help you learn what it means to have FASD and learn strategies for creating the kind of healthy and happy life you want.

Essential BeliefsHiring Someone with FASD

It is beneficial to learn all you can about FASD. Your staff should also be involved in this process so everyone knows how to help the staff member with FASD succeed. Patience and tolerance are very important when dealing with these individuals, and it is easier to do this when you understand the dynamics of FASD.

There are Primary and Secondary disabilities of FASD. These issues can cause challenges when employing an individual with FASD.


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