Creating Resiliency in Families Living with FASD: Moving from Grief to Empowerment
$10 to view. Families that are raising children with effects from prenatal alcohol exposure, known as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) oftentimes find themselves having to become experts on the topic. They often have to educate their health care providers, educators, counselors, and others that provide treatment and support for their loved ones. It is easy for these families to burn out and fall into a feeling of helplessness or despair. Kathy Mitchell, Vice President and National Spokesperson for the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS) reviews some of the behavioral characteristics of individuals with FASD through the lifespan and discusses how families are also affected through the lifespan. She reviews the stages of denial and grief often experienced by family members, focusing on the importance of self-care for parents and caretakers. She also provides suggestions on how to deal with stress and develop a positive mindset that can allow families to move from grief and frustration to a place of acceptance. Current resources and supports are provided that are available for individuals and family members with FASD.