Well guess what folks we are not… There are many treasures locked inside persons living with the challenges and complications of fetal alcohol… as parents and caregivers and friends and the community we can make a difference.
We need you! Children with brain injury need nonjudgmental, loving friends and relatives who accept them as they are, encourage but not demand growth, and rejoice in strengths and accomplishments no matter how small.
What every child with FASD needs?
- Unconditional love.
- Patience and understanding.
- Structure / environmental controls.
- Help to slow down when getting out of control (deceleration).
- Someone who believes they are capable.
We need your help. It is exhausting to raise a child who has prenatal brain injury. Consider learning how to provide respite for us. Please understand this is a brain injury not an issue of ‘bad’ parenting and our child is not a ‘bad’ child.
Ways to help our child grow
- Praise their strengths.
2. Acknowledge their expression of frustration.
3. Respect their fears and difficulty with change.
4. Understand that behaviors may be a can’t do it not a won’t do it.
5. Talk to them as a person – not someone who is unable to understand or do something. Work together to break a task into smaller steps.
6. Keep from comparing them with others.
7. Keep from joking, teasing or putting them down.
8. Keep yourself from telling them, “you will grow out of this.”
9. Get involved in their interests.
10. Find out what they are trying to learn and think of fun ways to join.
Now put on your RED #CAR #SLIPPERS and get out and make some noise!