Here is a very creative way to not only learn about emotions/coping skills/self regulation, but help identify how and when to use them. A fellow mama and FASD advocate, creator of Team Love - a group for connecting families living with FASD - made this resource after being told about a bus metaphor for emotions. … Continue reading Who is driving your bus?
It seems for those of us in the world of FASD it’s one step forward and five steps back. Just when we are making progress, and word is getting it out that consuming alcohol while pregnant is not advised, someone questions the evidence and gains an audience to keep the debate raging on. The first … Continue reading A Tale of Two Books for Moms To Be
It’s been over 50 years since alcohol and pregnancy was brought to the public’s attention Day 1: 99 Days to FASDay: First Published Study Linking Prenatal Alcohol Use and Birth Defects (even though the effects of alcohol and pregnancy have been mentioned since biblical times Day 51 of 99 Days to FASDay: History Notes of Alcohol … Continue reading FASD: Stop the Stigma
On March 29 two significant events in the world of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder occurred in Ontario - but neither received any Provincial acknowledgement. It was the 15th anniversary of Sandy’s Law and the launch of a Provincial FASD website. These coming at the end of a trifecta of other non-FASD announcements. March 29 marked … Continue reading Time to address the Pink Elephant
Dear Ministers: I understand what a tough job your Ministries have trying to balance priorities - however I wonder can you tell me why Autism continues to be favoured over all other developmental disabilities? Do not all people with a developmental disability deserve fairness and equality and to live their best lives? I have had … Continue reading A Letter For Our Provincial Ministers
Over half a million with FASD in Ontario wait for services and direct financial supports as the government continues to deny diagnostic services and supports for 4% of the population (ONTARIO) - The families and 537,939 people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, many not on waitlists because there are few programs and services (including an … Continue reading When Will Ontario Take Decisive Action to Help with FASD
I wish that would have been the headline recently as Health Canada unveiled an updated Food Guide. But there is reason to be optimistic. The risks of alcohol consumption were outlined. And although Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder was not mentioned, the mere fact that alcohol was, is reason enough to celebrate a small victory. Canada's … Continue reading Canada’s new Food Guide, Alcohol and FASD