Providing specialized programming to strengthen the abilities of our learners, and their families, doesn’t stop at the end of a school day.
At the FASD Respite Program, learners spend Saturdays participating in therapeutic recreational activities designed for individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Parents/caregivers are given a day of respite which provides them time they need to take care of themselves, and their family unit as a whole.
The program is operated by Elves Special Needs Society through the Edmonton Fetal Alcohol Network (EFAN) and FASD Cross Ministry Initiative.
It is offered at the following location in Edmonton, Alberta:
Elves Child Development Centre Centre – 10825-142 Street
- 11:00 am to 4:30 pm instructional hours
- 9:00 am to 5:00 pm operational hours
The FASD Respite Program is for learners who are:
- Diagnosed or have a query of FASD.
- Between the ages of 3 and 8.
- Not able to access other supports (ex: FSCD, Supports for Permanency, etc.)
- In need of respite services
Why Choose Elves?
Elves’ staff are specifically trained to meet the complex needs of children with FASD. Throughout the Saturday, each learner is engaged through:
- structured programming that provides routine and predictability
- a safe environment where diversity is celebrated
- animal-assisted therapy
- Snoezelen Rooms (soothing and stimulating sensory environment)
- a secure facility
- playground and gym space
- recreational activities:
- physical activities such as yoga, dance, and sports
- sensory-based activities
- interactive technology (iPad, SMART Board)
- social activities
- free play
How the Respite Program Began
Over the past 40 years, Elves has always been about creating programs to help learners of all ages further their development. In 2000, Elves pioneered the first early education program in Alberta for preschool children with FASD.
In 2008, the program expanded to provide respite care after school, through the establishment of a partnership with Kids Kottage. Research into the impact of respite upon family stress levels, was conducted in 2009.
At Elves, the families of our learners also receive the supports they need to grow within our community. Parents/caregivers attend workshops that provide opportunities to gain information on FASD, proactive behavioural strategies, community agencies, and social activities in the community.
The FASD Respite Team is made up of the following staff members:
- Program Coordinator
- Program Support Workers
- Family Support Worker