Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Coordinator
Hello! My name is Shelby Hookimaw, I'm a Moose Cree First Nation member. I attended Canadore College and graduated from their Mental Health and Addictions program in 2020. I went back to school the same year and decided to do a dual diploma for the Community Justice Services program and graduated in 2021. I'm happy to finally be back home, and I'm excited and honoured to have joined Mushkegowuk Council as a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Coordinator with MaMou PimoTayTaa - the Special Needs Strategy in September 2022.
The FASD program offer family-centred services to children and youth ages 0-18 with FASD or suspected FASD, and their families. The program helps by connecting clients to service providers for services such as diagnostic referrals. The program also works with families to develop a support plan based on the family's vision, goals, concerns, and the child's strengths and needs. We provide information on FASD to parents, caregivers, and educators about behavioral symptoms associated with FASD and offer helpful approaches, tips, and strategies. Should a child or youth have multiple or complex needs and their family requires more intensive support, we can work together with the Coordinated Service Planning Coordinators to help better meet the needs of the child and family.
I look forward to working with families and children and being able to provide these much-needed services and supports to all the Mushkegowuk communities and members.