FASD Group of Ottawa

05 May, 2021 - 02 Jun, 2021

The FASD Group of Ottawa combines an opportunity for people with FASD, or suspected FASD, their caregivers and all those in their life circle, who are touched by FASD to receive support from peers and professionals. 

We have smaller, intimate breakout rooms for participants to safely share what is on their minds and what is their immediate concerns, as it relates to their day to day lives with FASD.  

As well, there are ongoing opportunities for formal education on topics related to FASD.  We have regular guest-speakers and also our FARP team experts who also teach/facilitate to help people with FASD and the people in their life circle to learn about FASD and support each person to live to their full potential. 

This is an open group.  We invite people with FASD or suspected FASD to attend, along with caregivers, extended family members, friends and professionals. This group is open to anyone who wants to seek more knowledge about FASD and to receive professional and peer support.  All are welcome. 

There is no cost to attend the group through the generous support of Health Nexus. 

Meeting Details

The group meets on the first Wednesday of every month from October to June. Currently, the group is meeting via the Zoom platform.

Upcoming Meetings

Date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 | Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Time: 7:00-9:00 pm

To Attend: You must register to be sent a link to attend the meeting – https://bit.ly/3cnUPoF

May Speaker: Chris Peacock*

May Meeting Topic: Neurofeedback

Chris Peacock holds a B.A. in Psychology and a Masters in Health Administration and worked in both institutional and community care settings for 35 years. Seven years ago, Chris started 2Beinflow Neurofeedback Services. Chris will present on how Neurofeedback, a technology-based brain train program, calms the central nervous system, expanding our capacity to emotionally regulate, make empowered choices and have more productive energy.  She will also present about her own family’s journey and how, as one tool in the toolbox, Neurofeedback helped her son, who has FASD, and the entire family.    * Chris will present from 7pm-8pm and then we will go into breakout rooms for small group discussions from 8pm-9pm.

June Speaker: Shai Rowan

June Meeting Topic: CHEO’s Multi-disciplinary Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Assessment clinic

We are delighted that the Ontario government has funded CHEO to establish a multi-disciplinary Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Assessment Clinic for children and young adults in Ottawa. Since the creation of our Fetal Alcohol Resource Program six years ago, we have heard from the many individuals and families we have supported about the challenges and high costs of obtaining a diagnosis for this permanent brain injury. This assessment clinic will be key in allowing those we support with suspected FASD to receive a timely diagnosis. This will mean that appropriate treatments, interventions and supports can be put in place to help those with FASD to be successful. CHEO’s multi-disciplinary FASD Assessment team includes a social worker, neuropsychologist, psychometrist, occupational therapist, speech-language pathologist and physicians.  Shai Rowan, MSW, RSW, Social Worker on CHEO’s FASD Multi-disciplinary Assessment Team will join us this evening to discuss the clinic.

NOTE: The June meeting will be the last meeting until the fall of 2021.

This is an open group and everyone who is touched by FASD is welcome to attend: people with a diagnosis of and/or suspected FASD, caregivers, professionals, extended family, friends and neighbors.  All are welcome, so feel free to share our ZOOM link. 

Funding generously provided by


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