Treat­ing fam­i­lies with re­spect

The Drumheller Mail - - REAL ESTATE - Photo sub­mit­ted Diane Thomas The Drumheller Mail

On Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 25, Ac­cred­ited Sup­ports to the Com­mu­nity, (ASC) Pro­gram Co­or­di­na­tor Lisa Sauve spoke with The Mail and ex­plained the four dif­fer­ent pro­grams ASC pro­vides to Drumheller and sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties.

“Healthy Fam­ily pro­gram goals are to pro­vide fam­i­lies, with chil­dren, ages zero to six, with pos­i­tive learn­ing par­ent­ing skills, to gain knowl­edge on re­source avail­able and to show them how to ac­cess the re­sources. Ex­ten­u­at­ing cir­cum­stances af­fect your par­ent­ing skills such as fi­nan­cial stress or par­ents with Alzheimers. ASC pro­vides home visi­ta­tion and will pro­vide the in­for­ma­tion for pro­grams avail­able, such as day pro­grams for adults with Alzheimers or day­care for chil­dren, in or­der to re­ceive time for your own men­tal health needs.”

Sauve fur­ther said, “Par­ent and Child As­sis­tance Pro­gram (PCAP) is a home visi­ta­tion pro­gram deal­ing specif­i­cally with women suf­fer­ing from sub­stance abuse. Sub­stance abuse comes from al­co­hol, street drugs or pre­scrip­tion drugs. They work di­rectly with the par­ent to ac­cess re­sources avail­able, such as re­hab pro­grams and ad­dic­tions coun­selling. The main goal is to pre­vent Fe­tal Al­co­hol Spec­trum Dis­or­der (FASD) and to keep the chil­dren within the fam­ily unit.”

Sauve con­tin­ued, “A Lit­tle R& R pro­gram is a group respite pro­gram, for fam­i­lies with chil­dren deal­ing with FASD. The full day pro­gram op­er­ates out of Hanna and Three Hills and its goal is to as­sist fam­i­lies with par­ent­ing strate­gies and ideas to stim­u­late child de­vel­op­ment.

The last pro­gram ex­plained by Sauve, “The Fam­ily Sup­ports pro­gram pro­vides com­mu­nity aid for chil­dren with de­vel­op­men­tal abil­ity. They of­fer respite, be­hav­ioral sup­port and re­sources to as­sist fam­i­lies.”

Sauve sum­ma­rized, “We have highly skilled work­ers that meet the needs of the com­mu­nity and our main goal is to be re­spect­ful of the fam­i­lies with sig­nif­i­cant needs.”

Ac­cred­ited Sup­ports to the Com­mu­nity, lies with sig­nif­i­cant needs.

pro­vides re­sources for fami-

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