In the arena of Fetal Alcohol there are tons of horror stories of people living with an FASD who have many unsuccessful school experiences.
Based on a secondary disability study published by Dr. Anne Streissguth and adapted by Teresa Kellerman, it states “Disrupted School Experience (suspension or expulsion or drop out), was experienced by 43% of children of school age. By the time students with FAE reach adulthood, the rate of disrupted school experience peaks at 70%. Common school problems include: not paying attention; incomplete homework; can’t get along with peers; disruptive in class; disobeying school rules; talking back to the teacher; fighting; and truancy.”
To say the least school is a huge issue for this population, so anytime I can share an example of someone doing well, I’m going to make sure I do so!
So, without further ado let me introduce you to Crystal Millions. Crystal lives on the Fetal Alcohol spectrum and is currently attending university on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. I chatted with Crystal to learn a little more about her
journey growing up with Fetal Alcohol and a lot about what she is doing and what kind of supports does she receive to make this awesomeness happen…
After I finished talking with Crystal, I felt hopeful and I hope you do too. Having
Fetal Alcohol is not a death sentence and Crystal is proof of that. So, use this as
a reminder of what can happen if you stay patient with your loved on (or client) living with Fetal Alcohol.
Call to Action:
Do you know someone living with Fetal Alcohol who is having success in school?
Let me know in the comments below.