FASD is a complex disability and it’s different for each person. Understanding why each per- son experiences FASD differently starts with understanding the central nervous system.
Chances are you can’t tell if someone has FASD by looking at them. For the majority of people this disability is invisible. Big challenges for people with FASD happen when they start drinking alcohol.
Because people with FASD were exposed to alcohol before they were born – while in the womb – they often have a different response to alcohol. Many people with FASD are quickly dependent upon alcohol and become addicted faster than expected.
There is much confusion about FASD and mental health.
Here are some common questions we are asked:
Is FASD a mental health disorder?
No. FASD is a brain injury caused by prenatal alcohol exposure. FASD is now considered a full body disorder. People with FASD may have additional health issues along with brain differences.
Many people living with FASD have communication difficulties and these are invisible. Chances are you can’t tell if someone has FASD by just looking at them. For many people this disability is invisible.
People with FASD can be hyper-sensitive (very sensitive) or hyposensitive (barely notice) to sensory information. Why does this matter?
During the month of January, the FASD program included an exciting segment to our Friday schedules: a mindfulness and relaxation group led by John Mitchell, who has a private therapeutic practice.
Initially, John was to join us for the month of January; however, he graciously accepted our offer to extend the group into the month of February.
This new group has engaged our clients and given them something to look forward to in this time of uncertainty with omicron rapidly rising.
In the mindfulness group, our clients are learning mindfulness skills to help manage everyday stress, anxiety, and depression, as well as being able to understand the co-morbidity of living with FASD.
Every Christmas season food security along with other concerns arise for FASD clients. This year, the FASD Centre coaches prepared 20 Holiday Hampers for their clients. The hampers included non-perishable items along with a slow-cooker in order to help clients prepare quick and nutritious meals.
The FASD Centre continues to support their clients with life skills coaching, addictions coaching, and classes.
Around this time of the year, we gather with loved ones whether that be family, or friends. We at the FASD Centre believe in connection with others, whether that is with our clients, our staff, or agencies we regularly work with. Connecting with people we care about, or people we work with on a professional basis, can mean doing a small act of kindness, reaching out to check in, and/or sending that holiday greeting. Here are a few tips that might make for a more enjoyable holidays season:
Little formal research exists for the aging adult FASD population but we know from practical experience that managing health care concerns require additional support. People with FASD may not understand what a health care practitioner says and may not remember appointments. Many people with FASD may not realize they are ill, or identify pain, because … Read More