Gwendolyn sees a confidential school report listing her weaknesses. She knows she struggles. Now she has proof. She develops a list of fifty-four things to get under control. Because to go to horse camp, she must behave. And so begins the story of 11-year-old Gwen, who thinks she has only one friend, a half-brother, who her mother doesn't acknowledge, and a brain that cracks. They thought she had ADHD. If you read this book, you may think like me, it might be just be FASD.
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
Updated 2022I'm not certain if the Know FASD website was around when I first began this series, but it has great information and links; so information for Day 58 has changed. From one of the links on the site, executive function is described like a bicycle wheel. The many skills that comprise it, are the … Continue reading Day 58 of 99 Days to FASDay: FASD and Executive Functions
Today's NB tip is all about confabulation. I must admit I do not think I had ever heard the word confabulation before I adopted the maiden. I learned rather quickly though that she wasn't lying - she was confabulating: con·fab·u·la·tion [k uhn-fab-y uh- ley-sh uhn] NOUN 1. the act of confabulating; conversation; discussion. 2. Psychiatry. … Continue reading Day 16 of 99 Days to FASDay: Confabulation
What is Executive Functioning? The executive functions are a set of processes that all have to do with managing oneself and one's resources in order to achieve a goal. It is an umbrella term for the neurologically based skills involving mental control and self-regulation. The information below is an excerpt from an excellent article I … Continue reading Day 15 of 99 Days to FASDay: Key Executive Functioning Skills