Delta Connex – Child Development Program FASD & NAS
What is Delta Connex?
Delta Connex is for parents with children that have complex developmental conditions such as FASD
This program is for parents who have children under the age of 19 and one or more of the following concerns:
- Prenatal exposure to drugs or alcohol
- Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
- Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)
- Complex Developmental Behavioural Conditions (CDBC)
This program is also for children with no diagnosis but exhibits serious problems in the areas of:
- Development and learning
- Mental health
- Social skills behaviour or adaptive.
F.A.S.D. (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) are a group of conditions that can occur when the childs mother drank alcohol during her pregnancy. This can be co-occuring with Autism Spectrum Disorder (A.S.D.) or other mental health issues and conditions.
N.A.S. (Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome) is a withdrawal syndrome that infants experience if exposed drugs like opiates during the pregnancy.
C.D.B.C. (Complex Developmental Behavioural Conditions) when a family goes for diagnosis in BC, they will go into one of two streams. Either child and youth with special needs (CYSN) or CDBC. Children with FASD and coexisting mental health and other conditions fall under the CDBC category.
Building on family’s strengths, Key Workers offer service in three different levels of support. Some examples of the service provided in each level are:
- An information package about services available in Delta
- Someone to attend meetings or to facilitate the filling out of forms
- Assistance with referral to diagnosis
- Families will receive a Family Action Plan outlining their priorities for service, which agencies within the community will do what and the time frames for completion as well as an in-depth child profile
- Resources and materials to assist with implementing their Family Action Plan
- Care team meetings to proactively assist them with their priorities
Level 3 (Typically for families with children who have a diagnosis)
- Families may access behavioral support if their child is presenting with on-going challenging behaviors. Behavioural support is an intense service, which requires long-term time commitments from the family. It involves: identifying priorities, assessment, and plan development, plan implementation and monitoring and modifications
- Families will meet on a weekly or bi-weekly basis with the Behavioural Consultant in the initial stages of identification and assessment. Once a Behavioural Support Plan is implemented, and families have acquired new strategies, meetings will be less frequent.
- As families become more comfortable with their knowledge and skills, they may receive monitoring services.
Families in Delta who have children birth through 19 with a diagnosis of FASD, or have Complex Developmental Behavioural Conditions(CDBC) are eligible for Delta Connex services. CDBC describes children or youth who fall within the bottom 5th percent in at least one of the following areas: Development and Learning, Mental Health/Behaviour, Adaptive and Social Skills, and Biomarkers.
If your child has been referred before diagnosis and eventually receives an ASD diagnosis, our role will be to assist you to the myriad of services offered from other programs. The Connex mandate is to serve families who fall under the CDBC umbrella and this would be when ASD is co-occuring with FASD only.
P2P Support - Peer Support & Workshops
All families in Delta Connex have access to our parent/peer support groups and workshops. Workshops are offered for parents, professionals, and others in the community on such topics as Positive Parenting, Challenging Behaviours, Understanding Visual Supports, Sexuality, and FASD Prevention.
Visit our Events Calendar to find out about important support group and workshops dates. Registration is required.
If you or your agency has a related topic of interest please contact the Delta Connex Coordinator at 604-946-6622 ext. 302 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Delta Connex Child Development Program FASD & NAS
This program is for parents who have children under the age of 19 and one or more of the following concerns: prenatal exposure to drugs or alcohol, significant delays in more than one area of development, and trauma or mental health issues. For more information about Delta Connex please contact Program Coordinator Camille Netherton. Anyone can make a referral with parental consent to the Delta Connex program.
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N: Camille Netherton
P: (604) 946-6622, ext. 302
L: Community of Delta, B.C