Challenged Hope

Grandmother raising Grandchildren with FASD in Hamilton Ontario Canada


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Event: Hamilton, Ontario

On Saturday, May 30 at 10:00 am, I will be speaking at Hamilton FASD Caregivers Support Group about my experiences while raising grandchildren with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. For details, please visit this link: http://hamiltonfasdsupport.ca/10.html. Hope to see you there!

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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FASD: Diagnosis

Obtaining a diagnosis of FASD can be extremely difficult, often frustrating parents who recognize the signs and symptoms in their child. But a confirmed diagnosis can open the door to vital services without which the child runs the risk of becoming a homeless or incarcerated adult. I cringe on hearing that children/adults with a confirmed diagnosis of FASD are embarrassed over their diagnosis. Due to stigma attached to mental illness, their decision to never mention their disorder is understandable but can limit services they deserve and cause chaos in their future.

Accepting and supporting mental illness is the first step to removing boundaries between those who struggle with mental illness and those who don’t. Communities must start listening to caregivers, support workers, advocates and, most of all, the individuals affected by FASD who should never feel pressured to hide their diagnosis in order not to offend the sensibilities of others. We are all in this together.

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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Changes To Events

Please note the following changes to a previous EVENTS post:

The Hamilton FASD Parent & Caregiver Support Group’s URL has CHANGED. A brand new website is waiting for you to browse at http://www.hamiltonfasdsupport.ca. I’m pleased to report that challengedhope.com is listed on their website as a support site and can be accessed via a link.

CANCELLED: Training Part 2: FASD Next Steps, dated April 15, 21 and May 05 2015 has been postponed until the Fall of 2015. Details to follow.

ADDED: There is a Family Conference & Workshop on May 09, 2015 with KeyNote Speaker: John Lord presenting “A New Story”. For details visit http://hamiltonfasdsupport.ca/6.html.

 

 


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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
NEW WEBSITE!:  http://www.hamiltonfasdsupport.ca
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

PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED: 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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