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
Today I looked at my tired, old red shoes that have seen better days. It made me think how they reflect our FASD journey. And decided they give me comfort and fit like an old friend.
It's been almost two months since I wrote: When Your Child Says I Don't Feel Good. We were doing okay for about six weeks. But the complaints have started again. So I booked a follow up in person visit with our health care provider.
Caregivers of individuals with FASD have multiple areas of need and concern, and experience high levels of stress. This is particularly true as children age, and the transition to adulthood may be a time requiring higher supports. What if supports aren’t available? What then?
I don’t feel good! Do you hear this often from your child / teen / adult with FASD and not sure how to respond? I provide some links on research and share what we do.
For anyone that had a great day today, I’m happy for you. For anyone that does not recognize the day, I honour that. For those that had a tough day, I send you much love. I had a tough day. A disappointing day that turned out differently than the plan. My daughter was going to … Continue reading Mowing Mother’s Day
There are a number of things I have done over the last year to help cope with isolation, stay-at-home orders, general anxiety, stress, worry, depression or collective trauma that this pandemic has caused. As I indicated in my last post Are you hitting the wall during COVID-19? I said I would share some things I have … Continue reading 9 Ways I Navigated the Pandemic
Why not try leaning instead? How are you doing? We’ve passed the one year mark for living in a global pandemic and I don’t know about you, but I have been feeling very alone and struggling to keep my anxiety down and my motivation up. I haven’t written much here about life in the pandemic. … Continue reading Are you hitting the wall during COVID-19?
Have you heard the saying that kids with FASD are 10 second kids living in a 1 second world? It is a great way to illustrate the difference in response between our kids and others without a developmental disability. It is difficult for so many to understand as many of our children look “typical” so … Continue reading 10 Second Kids in a 1 Second World
Sharing (with permission) a wonderful piece about parenting a neurodivergent child and Groundhog Day by Lisa MacColl (Motherwell Magazine). While there is no mention of FASD, these are definitely similar experiences to supporting an individual with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder which is why I asked to share. Groundhog Day, February 2nd, conjures any number of … Continue reading Parenting, Groundhog Day and FASD