Unlocking Blocked Care: 7 Simple Steps to Rekindle Your FASD Caregiving

AI representation of blocked care as a caregiver navigating a chasm.

In the unique and often misunderstood world of parenting children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), caregivers frequently face a challenging phenomenon known as blocked care. This issue arises not from a lack of love or effort, but from an ongoing cycle of adversarial parent-child interactions that cause caregivers to lose touch with their feelings … Read more

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

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

‪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 more

‪‎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 more

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 more

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 more

A Memorable Memorial Mowing Day

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

FASD Elephant™ Podcast #019: Assessing Prenatal Alcohol Exposure

Prenatal Alcohol Exposure Have you ever wondered how prenatal alcohol exposure is determined or assessed? It’s the only cause of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and one of the four prongs of the FASD diagnosis, but mostly it’s covered briefly in discussions or dryly in diagnostic books. A Facebook community member recently talked to me … Read more