Why Being Late Is Important for Foster Parents – FASD Elephant™ Podcast #020

The girl with FASD is making the mother late.

Do Your Kids Make You Late? More times than you can count? If you’ve struggled with constant lateness, this story is for you! After sharing a little about Podfest 2018, you can hear a short but not-so-simple experience I had that gave me some surprising insights into being late. Feel free to learn from my … Read moreWhy Being Late Is Important for Foster Parents – FASD Elephant™ Podcast #020

DSM-5 Changes and FASD Explained by Dr. Lilley

DSM-5 and FASD Explained: Thank You POPFASD! Our friends at the Provincial Outreach Program for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (also known as POPFASD) just posted a video of Dr. Christine Lilley explaining the ins-and-outs of diagnosing a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) with the DSM-5 (the book that psychiatrists and psychologists use to diagnose mental … Read moreDSM-5 Changes and FASD Explained by Dr. Lilley

How to Start A Happy New Year for FASD

A Happy New Year Full of Empathy and Strength! Last night, I had a great dinner with a old friend. We hadn’t seen each other in quite a while though, and this morning I realized we’d drifted because I’ve avoided him. Whenever we’d chat over the past few years, he’d start giving unsolicited, unhelpful parenting … Read moreHow to Start A Happy New Year for FASD

IF I Only Had A Wand: A New Year’s Wish for FASD

One day last year, a wish for FASD occurred to me. I was attending a great foster care training and another participant had a coffee mug with a quote I hadn’t heard but immediately liked: “It would be so nice if something would make sense for a change” ~ from Alice in Wonderland, 1951 Disney … Read moreIF I Only Had A Wand: A New Year’s Wish for FASD

Powerful FASD Memoir: Interview with Linda Rosenbaum – FASD Elephant™ Podcast #019

Use this player (below) to listen to the podcast of Linda’s interview from your computer or mobile device. Use the icons (above) to share with others! Linda Rosenbaum Shares Her Insights as an FASD Caregiver in Not Exactly As Planned Hi and welcome to the December FASD Elephant Podcast! Linda Rosenbaum has written a new memoir titled Not … Read morePowerful FASD Memoir: Interview with Linda Rosenbaum – FASD Elephant™ Podcast #019

‪FASD‬ and Praise (Part 4 of 4) – Working with People-Pleasers

‪FASD and Praise: Working with People-Pleasers Kids with FASD who “people please” are often a pleasure to be around, but we need to help them internalize praise, too. Even though they don’t outright reject praise, it doesn’t stay with them either, so it’s hard for them to build healthy self-esteem just like the praise rejectors, … Read more‪FASD‬ and Praise (Part 4 of 4) – Working with People-Pleasers

‪‎FASD‬ and Praise (Part 3 of 4) – Proper Praise Patterns

‪‎FASD‬ and Praise – How Much Praise to Give Improving FASD and Praise. Use your kid’s reactions to praise to make adjustments in how much praise to give and how to make positive adjustments along the way. This will begin to build true self-esteem. I’m sharing specific strategies to improve your kid’s acceptance of praise based … Read more‪‎FASD‬ and Praise (Part 3 of 4) – Proper Praise Patterns

FASD and Praise (Part 2 of 4) – Do They Accept or Reject Praise?

FASD and Praise: Do They Accept or Reject Praise? How does your kid with FASD react to praise? Are you getting the results you want? There are four levels of praise responses for FASD and Praise. There are four levels of praise responses: A-Accepts praise B-Rejects praise verbally C-Rejects praise with hostility D… Watch the … Read moreFASD and Praise (Part 2 of 4) – Do They Accept or Reject Praise?

FASD and Praise (Part 1 of 4) – The Correct Way to Praise

FASD and Praise: The Correct Way to Praise FASD and Praise can be a real challenge for about 70% of kids with FASD. Here’s a quick introduction on re-orienting how you can praise a child with FASD or developmental trauma and minimize the arguments, rejection and melt-downs. It’s the basis or foundation for building self-esteem, … Read moreFASD and Praise (Part 1 of 4) – The Correct Way to Praise

FASD and Chores: A Few Ideas

FASD and Chores This is a basic look at what may have helped get a home chore completed. Everyone will have a different experience, but here are four things to consider when it comes to FASD and Chores:1. Understanding the chore2. Capacity or “juice” for the chore3. Motivation for the chore4. Tools for the chorePlease … Read moreFASD and Chores: A Few Ideas