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
Welcome to Day 13 in our 99 day journey of all things FASD. If you are superstitious the number thirteen might not be a positive association for you, but we are going to look at flipping our perspective to focus on the positive. Starting today and over the next week or so, we are going … Continue reading Day 13 of 99 Days to FASDay: Using the Neurobehavioral Approach
While there is no “cure” for FASD, there are a variety of ways to support someone with FASD. Treatment here refers to the manner in which someone behaves toward or deals with someone or something. One of the most difficult things for me to "wrap my head around" was how children with FASD are so similar, … Continue reading Day 12 of 99 Days to FASDay: Treatment For FASD?
I discovered the film Picture This : Life as a Parent of Children with FASD several years ago. It was made in 2008 but is as relevant today as it was nine years ago. It gives others a close-up look into the lives of parents whose children have FASD. It was created by five courageous women … Continue reading Picture This: Life as a Parent of Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Many people have asked me the same question: Do I regret adopting the maiden? No.
My only regret is not knowing more about FASD before adopting.
However, ten years ago the information on FASD was limited, and even though support groups and services are still limited in my area of the globe, there is a growing culture of support.
The Internet has opened up so many opportunities to access professional and personal information for those of us caring for someone who has FASD.
Most common questions adoptive parents of children with FASD get include; “Do you regret adopting this child” and “Would you have chosen a different child should you have known this child has FASD?” This wonderful couple, @FASD_Dad and @FASD_Mum, can attest to this. They chose to adopt their beautiful son with FASD, No they do not regret their decision and they would do it all over again.
Adoption is an important part of our family story. I was adopted in the UK back in the 1960s. We adopted our son with FASD a decade ago. Whenever we speak publicly about FASD one of the questions we are always asked, in more or less delicate form, is whether we regret adopting our son? Would we have chosen a different child if we had known he had FASD? What it is like for me, having been adopted…
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An article I read stated that Hank Ketcham, the creator of Dennis the Menace, modelled the cartoon character after his own son, who had Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder or FASD (original piece I wrote here). What about Anne of Green Gables? Did she have FASD? I recently discovered an article, Leave Anne alone? published in Maclean's magazine (June … Continue reading First Dennis, now Anne!