Continuing today and for the next week, we will be providing some proven, effective strategies for supporting people with FASD. The tips shared over the next week, with permission from Families Affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FAFASD), are suggested by parents on their Shifting the Paradigm discussion page on Facebook.
People who have been exposed to alcohol in utero have brain differences that express themselves behaviorally. As parents of children with FASD it’s important to keep these brain differences in mind when caring for your children. Remembering brain differences and providing environmental change and accommodations to help support people with FASD is called the neurobehavioral, or NB, approach. – FAFASD
Trying Differently Rather Than Harder
Diane Malbin is the pioneer of the NB approach. Her book provides a readable, narrative discussion of the neurobehavioral approach for working effectively with children, adolescents and adults with FASD. After a brief review of the diagnosis, the focus is on understanding behaviors differently – primary and secondary learning and behavioral characteristics. One section explores the most common behavioral symptoms by providing case examples, interventions, and improved outcomes. The neurobehavioral approach in Trying Differently Rather Than Harder is illustrated by stories of how alternative interventions lead to less frustration.
You can order this book from the FASCETS website.
In 2018, the FASD Network of Saskatchewan started publishing a series of tips which offered strategies to try for common struggles. This is the one for memory.
Come back tomorrow for more strategies and tips!