Day 13 of 99 Days to FASDay: Using the Neurobehavioral Approach


Welcome to Day 13 in our 99 day journey of all things FASD. If you are superstitious the number thirteen might not be a positive association for you, but we are going to look at flipping our perspective to focus on the positive.

Starting today and over the next week or so, we are going to try to change negative associations of behaviour to an understanding of FASD as a brain-based physical disability that requires accommodations – just as we make accommodations for people with physical challenges.

Time to flip the narrative – to look at behaviour as a symptom.

It’s all about our approach and perspective.

Diane Malbin coined the phrase, trying differently, not harder, and came up with the NB approach and has taught it to many parents, caregivers and professionals. While the brief information we will be sharing over the next little while won’t make anyone an expert in such a short time, it may change the way some people see FASD and the approach to building on people’s success.

The information we share over the coming days has been provided, with permission, by Families Affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder or  FAFASD. This organization offers web-based as well as in person training in the NB approach. They also have a Facebook Group Shifting the Paradigm towards a neuro-behavioural approach to FASD which helps caregivers implement this approach.

See you tomorrow with some specific tips!

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