Challenged Hope

Grandmother raising Grandchildren with FASD in Hamilton Ontario Canada


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FASD Facts: Homelessness

There’s a saying circulating that describes children with FASD as ten-second kids in a one-second world. They are always behind in the race of life. But, through my experience raising grandchildren with FASD, I would suggest a change to that teaching: lifetime kids in a one-second world.

As directions are not immediately understood, repetition and explanation of a directive is vital for children with FASD. While the child lives at home, repetition from a supportive caregiver helps them “keep up”, but once the child becomes an adult and leaves home who will offer that support.

Homelessness is a serious issue for adults with FASD. If they lack someone in their life to offer daily reminders necessary for the basics of living, overwhelming stress can lead to life on the street.


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FASD Facts: Mental Illness

I’ve heard there is a high rate of mental illness in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Given my twenty years experience raising grandchildren with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in that city, I would add: there is also a high rate of contempt toward individuals with mental illness. That needs to change.

My memoir: Two Decades Of Diapers describes my twenty years raising grandchildren with Fetal Alcohol  Syndrome. Available in paperback and ebook from:

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Events

Event information received from:
Hamilton FASD Parent & Caregiver Support Group
eMail:      Hamilton.FASD@gmail.com
Registration is required for all events

March 28th Parent conference – in Toronto hosted by FASD ONE at Toronto CAS.  The cost is $30.  Information on registering is on the flyer (see link below).  Pre-registration is required as space is limited.  Thanks to FASD ONE for this opportunity (and sincere thanks to the London FASD E.L.M.O. Support Group for the info reminder).  Click on following link for Registration form TO March 28th – FASD ONE

April 9 FASD 1 oh! 1 with Jeff Noble (FASD Forever) – full day training.  Location: Mississauga  Symphony Event Center  (FREE parking) Registration will begin at 8:30am.  Training will start at 9am and run until 4:30pm.  Cost: $75 for the full day training.  Registration info: http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/fasd-1oh1-tickets-15919361238  Maximum of 100 registrants available.

April 17 – RJ Formanek – Facebook Flying With Broken Wings FASD Support Group – is coming to the Hamilton FASD Parent & Caregiver Support Group.   The event is 7:00-9:00 pm at the Hamilton Mountain Police Station.  PLEASE CONFIRM IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO ATTEND AS SPACE IS LIMITED.  See attached for further details and information on the event!

April 7, 14, 21 – FASD Education and Training Part 1: Three Part Training Series:  Series 1:The Basics: Understanding FASD, Series 2: FASD Intervention Principles-Best Pracitces “What to do when…”, Series 3: Advocacy-Promoting School success and Transition to Adulthood.  ** Cost: free for caregivers (see flyers for cost for professionals).  SPACE IS LIMITED – Please Contact:  Brenda McBride, Catholic Family Services, Hamilton, ON.  Contact:  905-527-3823 ext. 259  or bmcbride@cfshw.com

April 21, 15 and May 5 – FASD Education and Training Part 2: FASD Next Steps: Three Part Training Series: Session 1: Grief and Loss, Session 2: Strategies and Interventions, Session 3: Transition to Adulthood  Note: to attend this training completion of Part 1 training is required.  ** Cost: free for caregivers (see flyers for cost for professionals).  SPACE IS LIMITED – Please Contact:  Brenda McBride, Catholic Family Services, Hamilton, ON  Contact: 905-527-3823 ext. 259  or bmcbride@cfshw.com


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FASD Fact: Service providers

It’s essential for service providers to understand FASD. Many times their knowledge and education centres around ADHD, but successful discipline strategies differ for each diagnosis. An FASD training program for professionals and parents is available in the Hamilton-Wentworth, Ontario, Canada, area. Please see http://www.fasdhamilton.ca for information. #FASDFACTS.

To purchase my memoir describing my twenty years raising grandchildren with FAS, please visit http://www.twodecadesofdiapers.com. My book is also available at this Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Barbara-Studham/e/B00S3ZJ5R8. It is also available at Kobo and other fine ebook distributors.


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FASD FACT: No Cure

Did you know there is no cure for FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder)? When the fetus brain is damaged by alcohol during pregnancy, it cannot be reversed. Some moms drink while unaware they are pregnant, others drink during pregnancy out of ignorance of the danger, others knowingly drink alcohol during pregnancy due to addiction. Let’s get the message out that no amount of alcohol during pregnancy is safe. FASD is a life sentence. #FASDFACTS. See my memoir: Two Decades Of Diapers. Available at http://www.twodecadesofdiapers.com. Also at Amazon, Kobo, and other fine ebook distributors.


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FASD Fact: Sensory Issues

Sensory issues can be a huge obstacle to individuals with FASD obtaining independence. It’s not just a case of the label at the back of the t-shirt irritating their skin. It goes much deeper, causing an abhorrence or fear of completing daily tasks like, cooking, cleaning, laundry, and hygiene. My grandchildren with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome struggle daily with sensory issues, some severe enough to cause trauma. Read more in my memoir Two Decades Of Diapers, available in print or ebook from http://www.twodecadesofdiapers.com. Also available from Amazon, Kobo, and other fine ebook distributors. #FASDFACTS


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Event

   I have been invited to speak about my memoir: Two Decades Of Diapers at MEMOIRABILIA – WRITER’S EXPO, taking place at Turner Park Library on March 24/15 at 7:00 pm. This is a great opportunity for me to encourage anyone who has considered writing their memoir. I will also be discussing my book and addressing the effects of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome on individuals and families.

The host of Writer’s Expo is Viga Boland, editor of a new magazine, titled: MEMOIRABILIA. Recently launched, it contains a rich diversity of memoir reviews, tips on writing memoir, memoirists’ interviews and much more. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet Viga, myself and two other memoirists at this event. So if you live in the area of Turner Park Library, 352, Rymal Road East, in Hamilton, Ontario and would like to attend. We will see you there on Tuesday, March 24th at 7:00.

For more information, or to purchase a printed or emag copy of Viga’s magazine, please visit http://www.vigaboland.com. To purchase a printed or ebook copy of my memoir: Two Decades Of Diapers, or to view my other books for sale, please visit http://www.twodecadesofdiapers.com. Also available at Amazon, Kobo, and other fine ebook distributors.

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