As my mentally disabled grandchildren have FASD, for the past few months, I have been attending a Caregivers FASD Support Group in Hamilton, ON. The group is held once a month and offers both daytime and evening sessions, during which we participants discuss the problems we face while raising children with FASD, and learn strategies on how to diminish those problems.
During a recent session we received a hand-out titled: All About Me! It truly is so worth the time and effort going to the website where this printable can be found, and printing out a copy for your child. It’s a way for people who matter to learn more about the child and his/her struggles, such as: teachers, educational assistants, camp counselors, supervisors and volunteer drivers during school field trips, respite workers, family and friends, and neighbours, etc.
In the printout you will find areas to complete with descriptions of your child’s abilities and strengths: Getting to know Me; Medical History; My Emotional Responses; What Works; The Best Environment; and information about FASD for people who are working with the child.
On the website: http://www.fasdwaterlooregion.ca there are other printouts your child and adults involved in his/her life will benefit from: An Emotions Vocabulary Chart; Identity Information Cards; An Informational Booklet for Siblings of an FASD Child; Picture Cards/Visual Schedules, and other valuable information for caregivers of children with FASD.
This website is a definite MUST to visit if you have any interest in FASD. Or if you would like information on the Caregivers FASD Support Group in Hamilton, ON, please call Melanie White at 905-527-3828 ext. 273.