Living Well with FASD or Other Disabilities by Kenny LaJoy The description on the back of the book states: (This book) is written by someone who lives with FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) and who understands the struggles of living with this disability on a daily basis. Kenny talks about his journey towards acceptance and … Continue reading It’s OK To Be You Book Review
Category: Developmental Disability
A lesson on grief and trauma from Gabor Maté
I registered to watch a webinar tonight with David Kessler and Dr. Gabor Maté on grief and trauma. He was promoting his new book The Myth of Normal. Which was the reason I registered. It was only an hour and I planned to watch while the maiden was on a call with her worker. The … Continue reading A lesson on grief and trauma from Gabor Maté
Senior Caregivers Supporting Adults with FASD
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.
Expectations are Premeditated Resentments
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.
FASD and Sleep
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.
Pink Shirt Day: Let’s Lift Each Other Up
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.
A Handbook for Beautiful People
Have you read A Handbook for Beautiful People by Jennifer Spruit? It has a main character with FASD. Here is my review.
SNL skit Winter Formal: Humour or ableist?
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?
The Price of Pancakes. And FASD
The maiden wanted pancakes for breakfast on Christmas Day. Something we don't have very often. She even offered to make them. I said I'd help. We bought the mix. A boxed mix was going to prove challenging enough; we are not ready for made from scratch. Syrup and pre-cooked bacon were also purchased. If the … Continue reading The Price of Pancakes. And FASD
Friendships and FASD
Friendships and social relationships can be difficult to navigate for anyone, but for many individuals with FASD there are layers of complexity added to it. That doesn't mean they won't have friends. Sometimes we have to change our expectations of friendships and look for creative ways we can support our child, teen or adult. I … Continue reading Friendships and FASD
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