One of the keys to helping someone with FASD is to meet them “where they are” not where society thinks they should be. I’ve had discussions with countless people who offer well-meaning but ill-informed advice, such as, “When I was 18, I was in college, had a job, was living on my own, or in … Continue reading FASD Acceptance and Understanding (Wish 3/12)
We are two-thirds through our journey with Day 66 of our 99 Days to FASDay. Today we offer a reminder for those who are working with, supporting or just hanging out with someone with FASD - remember stage, not age. This classic sign of FASD described by Clarren, Malbin and Streissguth. A person with FASD will simultaneously … Continue reading Day 66 of 99 Days to FASDay: Dysmaturity
Hopeful is a word filling my head lately. As the maiden moves deeper into living and learning to navigate the world as an adult with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), I worry about what the future holds for her but try to remain hopeful that it will be a more accepting place for her. The above … Continue reading Navigating life as an adult with FASD
The maiden turned 16 this month. Big birthday for most teenagers in Ontario because they can begin the process of trying for their driver's licence. And like a typical teenager, the maiden wants to start to drive. Most parents worry about their child being responsible while behind the wheel. Parents of teenagers with FASD have to … Continue reading Mom I am Old Enough to Drive Now!