This is a book review of Diane Malbin’s Trying Differently Rather Than Harder - a foundational book for many caregivers of individuals with FASD. It lays the groundwork for creating a paradigm shift that is required to support people with FASD and others with brain-based conditions.
Do you know how red shoes became the most popular symbol for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder? Do you know when and why the Red Shoes Rock awareness campaign started?
Heartwarming Stories from the World of FASD When you first think of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, what comes first to your mind? Is it people and strengths? We know the narrative has been tilted for too long toward negative, blame, shame and stigma. It still is. But things are changing. As awareness grows, there is … Continue reading Book Review: On the Wings of Success
Update: Although the election is over, you can still contact your MPP to ask about a new bill.A Letter from Mary Cunningham, FASD ONE Education Action Group Co- Lead Dear FASD-informed Ontarians: Many of us care for Ontario students with FASD or know people who are caregivers. Most of us would agree that the education … Continue reading We Need a New Ontario FASD Education Bill
I recently finished participation in a six-month support and education group for "older" parents and caregivers of adults with FASD called the Ontario Senior Caregiver Action Network for FASD (OSCAN). They recently released a Resource Guide and announced a new Group.
Have you heard the phrase: expectations are just premeditated resentments? This can happen when we place expectations on our kids with FASD - but it can also happen to ourselves. I was reminded of this lately.
Sometimes as caregivers we forget to get curious or are tired or busy until things begin to escalate. Or we get complacent (or hopeful) that when things are going well we can step back a bit. I was reminded of this recently when the maiden came to me complaining about nightmares and not sleeping well.
Today, February 23, 2022 is Pink Shirt Day - a day set aside every February to raise awareness about bullying and promote kindness and inclusion by working together to treat others with dignity and respect.
Have you read A Handbook for Beautiful People by Jennifer Spruit? It has a main character with FASD. Here is my review.
Trigger Warning: There are details in this post some may find disturbing and distressing. On Saturday, January 15, 2022, Saturday Night Live aired a skit called Winter Formal. The characters spend 4 minutes and 19 seconds promoting their winter formal shop and making derogatory comments about the son. Close to the end, the mother says … Continue reading SNL skit Winter Formal: Humour or ableist?