The Alert Program® teaches children and their caregivers about self-regulation using the metaphor of a car engine (see diagram below) and asks them to imagine ‘how fast their engine is running.’ It provides a toolbox of strategies (move, touch, look, listen, put something in the mouth) so that children are empowered to self-regulate.
Implementation of the Alert Program® has now been completed in four schools in the Pilbara region; South Hedland Primary School, Cassia Primary School, Yandeyarra Community School and Strelley Community School. A big thank you to all the schools and communities involved for their support.
In 2017 we welcomed Tracy McRae to the team! Tracy is co- ordinating our Therapy and Support program in Hedland. Tracy previously provided support in implementing the Alert Program in the Kimberley.
Emma Adams (Data and Statistics Manager) has been working with the team to commence analysis of the study data and the team is looking forward to presenting the study results in 2018
We also wish to congratulate Community Researcher Margaret Ramirez (Sissy) who attended the Telethon Kids Institute Scientific Retreat in November and presented her work with the Alert project team. Sissy has also commenced Certificate II in Business at the North Regional TAFE and is hoping to attend an Aboriginal Leadership course in 2018.
Tracy McRae Emma Adams Sissy Ramirez Elaine Clifton
Parent/Carer Support Program
Development of a Carers Support Program will commence in early 2018 with Elaine Clifton coming aboard as a Community Researcher. Elaine will assist with interviews of carers of children with FASD to understand their lived experience and identify their support needs. Elaine retired from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet in 2016 after 35 years working in various public service roles and is excited to be involved in the Pilbara FASD Strategy.
“Now I have the opportunity to be a part of Telethon Kids Institute and am part of a great team doing their utmost to help our community”
If you know of any families with a child with FASD, who would be happy to share their experience with us please contact Tracy McRae or phone 08 9489 7780.