What does this mean? Imagine London, Ontario or Calgary, Alberta. These two Canadian cities have populations similar to the low-high ranges of people living with FASD. These are conservative figures. Some recent reports speculate FASD affects 5% of the population. This does not include the families or caregivers who are looking after or being the … Continue reading FASD Fact Friday
According to an information sheet Independent Living for People with FASD, independent living refers to the ability to function in a community without support. We still have a long way to go in providing services for these adults to ensure they are supported and successful.
If you are planning on getting pregnant please stop drinking alcohol. If you are having sex, and drinking alcohol, use protection so you will not get pregnant. If you are pregnant, and have had alcohol, please tell your health care provider. Early intervention means better outcomes for you and your baby. Information from Canada … Continue reading FASD Fact Friday
Many professionals still deny alcohol is a threat to an unborn child. Many textbooks still say it is okay for a woman to consume a limited amount of alcohol while pregnant. I was so happy to see in this paragraph in the textbook of my course on Introduction to Social Problems. It means … Continue reading FASD Fact Friday
What does this mean? It means that as children age, expectations increase. Because those with FASD clearly are not progressing at the same rate, they may become increasingly frustrated if expectations from caregivers, educators, professionals and families are not adjusted. Excessive frustration could lead to secondary disabilities. You can help by having strengths re-evaluated … Continue reading FASD Fact Friday
What does this mean? It means keep your questions, explanations, directions and conversations simple and free of jargon. If appropriate, ask the person to repeat what you have said. Or watch for signs of understanding. Do not be taken in by what you see. FASD is a hidden disability. My daughter has been charming adults … Continue reading FASD Fact Friday
So important to remember. It took a very long time for me to wait patiently for my daughter to respond and then do.