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.
Mental Health and FASD As we know, over 90% of individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder will also have a co-occurring mental health disorder. This article has general mental health information and FASD specific resources. The first week of October is Mental Illness Awareness Week in The USA Various countries highlight mental health awareness at different … Continue reading Mental Health Week, FASD and COVID-19
CanFASD has published research looking at affect regulation in individuals with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. From: Psychology Tools Affect regulation, or emotion regulation, is the ability of an individual to modulate their emotional state in order to adaptively meet the demands of their environment. Individuals with a broad range of affect regulation strategies will be able … Continue reading Affect Regulation and FASD
Day 61 of 99 Days to FASDay and we are looking at FASD, mental health and knowledge of professionals that most (if not all) people with FASD will come in contact with. A study over 10 years ago in the United States revealed while over half of pediatricians felt prepared to identify and diagnose FASD … Continue reading Day 61 of 99 Days to FASDay: FASD and Mental Health
From the CanFASD Blog: Along with experiencing mental health issues, regulating one’s emotions, known as affect regulation (AR), is a common challenge for individuals with FASD. The Canadian FASD diagnostic guidelines were updated in 2016 to include a domain for AR, which is impaired when the individual meets diagnostic criteria for depressive disorder(s) or anxiety … Continue reading Day 57 of 99 Days to FASDay: FASD and Affect Regulation