Living Well with FASD or Other Disabilities by Kenny LaJoy The description on the back of the book states: (This book) is written by someone who lives with FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) and who understands the struggles of living with this disability on a daily basis. Kenny talks about his journey towards acceptance and … Continue reading It’s OK To Be You Book Review
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.
Why not try leaning instead? How are you doing? We’ve passed the one year mark for living in a global pandemic and I don’t know about you, but I have been feeling very alone and struggling to keep my anxiety down and my motivation up. I haven’t written much here about life in the pandemic. … Continue reading Are you hitting the wall during COVID-19?
Day 20 of 99 Days to 9/9 or FASDay is all about the relationship! This example is such a great one for me. I don't know how other parents, caregivers or support people will relate, but for myself, the crone and the maiden this one is one we need to remind ourselves about often. "Beeping … Continue reading Day 20 of 99 Days to FASDay: Encourage Relationship
Day 19 of 99 Days to FASDay and it's time to slow things down for people with FASD. One area you can really make a difference with those with FASD you support is stopping and waiting patiently for a response and action. Give your child or client time to process what you said and respond … Continue reading Day 19 of 99 Days to FASDay: Processing Speed
Even though today's FASD strategy tip or NB approach is huge, I won't offer much to illustrate as it's self-explanatory. It is a difficult one for parents of any child to follow. We want to instill values in our children - the values we hold near and dear - but your child is a unique … Continue reading Day 18 of 99 Days to FASDay: Your Values vs. Their Needs
I wasn’t skilled at advocating in the school system, but I always did my best. I wasn’t always able to get the maiden the accommodations she required, but I always supported her efforts and needs and tried to educate the teachers and principals about her strengths and challenges. I took an active interest in what … Continue reading Day 17 of 99 Days to FASDay: Recognize Effort and Energy
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
Continuing today and for the next week, we will be providing some proven, effective strategies for supporting people with FASD. The tips shared over the next week, with permission from Families Affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FAFASD), are suggested by parents on their Shifting the Paradigm discussion page on Facebook. People who have been exposed to … Continue reading Day 14 of 99 Days to FASDay: Trying Differently Rather Than Harder – Memory