FASD Caregiving Strategy #2

FASD Caregiving Strategy #2

Children with FASD can have challenging behaviour. Often times that behaviour is seen as willful, stubborn, attention seeking and causes labelling of the child.

Learning to recognise that the behaviour is a symptom of organic brain damage can be helpful with understanding where it is coming from.  Instead of thinking the child is refusing to do something, instead of thinking that the child is struggling to accomplish what is being asked.

Changing the way you think about something is often called a “paradigm shift.” A paradigm shift is when you move from thinking “what’s wrong with them?” to thinking “what’s going on for them?” Children with FASD have organic brain damage and different ways of learning due to their prenatal alcohol exposure.

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Changing the way we think about behaviour in children affected by FASD

With changing the perception of the caregiver or person working with the child to looking at the cause,  can help the relationship and lessen the behaviour.  Resulting in less frustration on both caregiver and the child with FASD.

Traditional methods of education, discipline is often not effective for children or persons who have FASD.  Often times well meaning persons in the families community will judge parents who have children with FASD by offering traditional parenting suggestions which do not often work with our kids and can worsen the behavior. These caregivers are already struggling and need support, not judgment.

Parenting children with FASD also has a paradigm shift from societal norms.  We adjust our parenting and teaching to the needs of the child instead of what is normal parenting strategies.

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