Charla Boyko and Lisa de Laforest from the Growing Families Society were at Drumheller Valley Secondary School on Monday, September 10 to educate youth on the effects of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

"We feel that it is important that young people and all people become aware of FASD and its impact, and its prevention," explained de Laforest.FASD 3DVSS student entering a draw prize after completing a test on FASD

According to the Canadian FASD Research Network, FASD is a diagnostic term used to describe the range of affects the can occur in an individual who was prenatally exposed to alcohol. The effects can include lifelong physical, mental and behavioural difficulties, as well as learning difficulties.

"It is a preventable brain dysfunction, and it is important to know that people with FASD can live very successful lives with proper supports in place," continued de Laforest.

De Laforest went on to say that it is important to educate youth as many of the cases of FASD are linked to unintended pregnancies with the mother consuming alcohol without the knowledge of being pregnant.

"We have a information booth for International FASD Awareness day which is September 9 every year," explained de Laforest.

The booth featured a test about the effects of FASD where students could fill out and be entered for a prize, as well as a 10-week old doll that demonstrated the physical effects of FASD.

FASD 1DVSS students discussing FASD

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