FASD is Complicated (with apologies to Jimmy Buffett)

When Helping Shows FASD is Complicated Life is complicated with its if’s and and’s and but’s. It’s alright to be crazy, just don’t let it drive you nuts… ~Jimmy Buffett Back in 2007, I discovered that the Wikipedia entries for FAS and FASD were sparse, meandering, and in need of updates (check out this older version for … Read moreFASD is Complicated (with apologies to Jimmy Buffett)

Sometimes a little light in the tunnel can help…

Last Friday as I leaned against the kitchen doorframe, waiting for my kid and taking my third deep breath of the morning, a thought skipped through my head: “Can we please have just one morning that works smoothly every once in a while? …maybe glimpse a little light at the end of the tunnel sometime…?” … Read moreSometimes a little light in the tunnel can help…

Why I do what I do

Why FASD? On Monday, somebody asked me why I teach about FASD, especially online. The question was important enough to put the answer on the website’s main page today, especially as we refocus more to better address accurate FASD information, creative problem-solving, finding & creating support, and promoting self-care. It’s crucial to think about what … Read moreWhy I do what I do

FASD Elephant™ #015: #FASD and Suicide

This podcast episode is an excerpt of my part speaking on a panel titled “FASD and Suicide” at the 2011 IHS/BIA/BIE/SAMHSA Action Summit for Suicide Prevention held in Scottsdale, AZ. I was a panel member, along with my friend Morgan Fawcett, the musician and speaker. I was pleased to meet Kay Kelly, director of the … Read moreFASD Elephant™ #015: #FASD and Suicide

FASD Elephant™ #014: Interview with Morgan Fawcett – A Flute Like Medicine: Part 2

A Flute Like Medicine Welcome to the FASD Elephant™ Podcast. Today we’re going to continue with the last half of my interview with Morgan Fawcett on May 25th, 2011. More details are in the previous podcast, number 13. Morgan Fawcett is a 19-year-old Tlingit flute player with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, FASD; the flute is … Read moreFASD Elephant™ #014: Interview with Morgan Fawcett – A Flute Like Medicine: Part 2

FASD Elephant™ #013: Interview with Morgan Fawcett – A Flute Like Medicine: Part 1

Welcome to the FASD Elephant™ Podcast. After a hiatus for way too long, the podcast is back. I’ve had a very exciting year so far in the world of FASD. A major highlight in February 2011 was four days worth of workshops and talks I gave in Saskatchewan—for The Saskatoon Tribal Council in Saskatoon, for … Read moreFASD Elephant™ #013: Interview with Morgan Fawcett – A Flute Like Medicine: Part 1

FASD Elephant™ #012a: Getting Back to Ready Hand-out

Download the Getting Back to Ready Hand-out by Clicking Here This is a supplementary hand-out that outlines all the information provided in Podcast #012 (FASD School Intervention: Getting Back to Ready). You may download this from the website, rss feed, or through your podcast player (e.g., iTunes). This is a great hand-out for your child’s … Read moreFASD Elephant™ #012a: Getting Back to Ready Hand-out

FASD Elephant™ #012: FASD School Intervention: Getting Back to Ready

Plan FASD School Interventions Students with FASD sometimes have “meltdowns” in school. These melt-downs can baffle and anger teachers, staff, and parents, but they are simply the student’s way of communicating. Meltdowns show that a student can’t cope with what is being asked of her or with what is going on at the moment. Students … Read moreFASD Elephant™ #012: FASD School Intervention: Getting Back to Ready

FASD Elephant™ Bonus Track 03: KTOO Interview with Morgan Fawcett, Flute Player

Today’s podcast is an interview conducted by KTOO of Juneau, Alaska (U.S.) with Morgan Fawcett. Morgan is a 15 year old Native flute player who also happens to have Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. He describes it this way, “When I play the flute, it lowers my blood pressure and eases stress away. With fetal alcohol spectrum … Read moreFASD Elephant™ Bonus Track 03: KTOO Interview with Morgan Fawcett, Flute Player