DSM-5 and FASD Explained: 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 an FASD with the DSM-5 (the book that psychiatrists and psychologists use to diagnose conditions).
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 more How to Start A Happy New Year 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 more IF I Only Had A Wand: A New Year’s Wish for FASD
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 Exactly As Planned: A Memoir of Adoption, Secrets and Abiding Love. It’s a great holiday gift idea for caregivers certainly, but also for professionals. I … Read more Powerful FASD Memoir: Interview with Linda Rosenbaum – FASD Elephant™ Podcast #019
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 more FASD and Praise (Part 4 of 4) – Working with People-Pleasers
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 more FASD and Praise (Part 3 of 4) – Proper Praise Patterns
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 more FASD and Praise (Part 2 of 4) – Do They Accept or Reject 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 more FASD and Praise (Part 1 of 4) – The Correct Way to Praise
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 more FASD and Chores: A Few Ideas
I can feel my frustration building… Here comes a wasted Saturday afternoon. After finally getting the energy up to mow my lawn, then dragging the mower out of a storage shed and getting fuel, I found the mower’s rip cord was jammed and wouldn’t loosen even a little bit. I go inside complaining… Should I … Read more A Memorable Memorial Mowing Day