Day 15 of 99 Days to FASDay: Key Executive Functioning Skills

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

Day 14 of 99 Days to FASDay: Trying Differently Rather Than Harder

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

Picture This: Life as a Parent of Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

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

Adopting a Child With FASD

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.

Source:  https://fasdlearningwithhope.wordpress.com/2016/10/22/adopting-a-child-with-fasd/

we-love-a-child-with-fasdBy FASD_Dad

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…

View original post 911 more words