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 we’re doing and why.

Here’s why I do what I do:

I teach others how to navigate FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) from two different perspectives.

As a psychologist, I’ve seen families who make it work, and I’ve seen heart-wrenching fails: forced foster care, residential placements and treatments, running away, failed adoptions, suicide attempts, and incarcerations.
But as a foster parent, I’ve felt personal successes and failures, too. I understand how sadness, worry, embarrassment, anger and confusion affect you. I know you can’t do it alone or with too little support.

We can all learn from each other, quit trying the same bad strategies over and over, and find the support and information you need:
Together, in an honest, practical, and constructive way, you (and your team) can move mountains–even if it’s one stone at a time.

And that’s why I teach others about FASD. What do you answer when somebody asks, “Why FASD?”
~Michael

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