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July 21st 2015:Successful Approaches by Individuals, Families and Family Caregivers Living with FASD

Mark Courtepatte is co-chair of the Hamilton and Area Parent and Caregiver FASD Support Group, http://hamiltonfasdsupport.ca/. Savanna Pietrantonio, an adult living with FASD, is a Life Strategy Coach helping people across the globe support FASD, http://ow.ly/Pi29S. They talk about their work and their experiences of FASD. They highlight the most challenging of the challenges they see created for children and adults living with FASD, and for parents and families. They explain the most important needs and services to help children and adults and their families and their family caregivers overco

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Mark Courtepatte

Mark Courtepatte is co-chair of the Hamilton and Area Parent and Caregiver FASD Support Group, http://www.hamiltonfasdsupport.ca/, and one of the organizing members of the Youth and Sibling FASD Support Group. He is also a member of the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board Special Education Advisory Committee. He was successful in changing the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board to recognize FASD as an exceptionality and to assist other Support Groups across Ontario to achieve the same success. He is often asked to participate at parent-teacher meetings to assist in a developing a collaborative approach to enhance understanding of how to support children with FASD. He participated
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Savanna Pietrantonio

Savanna Pietrantonio is a Life Strategy Coach helping people across the globe support FASD. She co-chairs the Hamilton FASD Caregiver and Parent Support Group and supports the newly launched Youth and Siblings FASD Support Group. She is an adult living with FASD. She recognized that she had FASD only when she turned 35 after having been repeatedly misdiagnosed. Owing to the misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment she struggled over the years with the common secondary or tertiary disabilities of FASD. She has taken mindfulness training, dialectal behavior therapy training and Diane Malbin’s Neurobehavioral training programs. She uses this training to help her cope with FASD and also help o
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