Emily Travis: Thriving with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Emily Travis is a speaker, advocate, counselor and not to mention Miss Metropolis.
Emily has a busier work load than most people I know but what makes her different,
what makes her extraordinary, is that she is doing all of this while living on the spectrum
of Fetal Alcohol (FASD).

My goal for this interview is to find out what kind of strategies she is using to maintain
balance in her life, while dealing (and living with) with organic brain damage.
What keeps her focused when maybe it’s hard to do so? If she has sensory issues,
how does she deal with that? And all while, how does she keep it cool and collected
while being in the world of pageantry with very high and demanding expectations?

Oh, one more thing before you get to the video. You’ll notice there are times when I am not
looking at the front camera, which might make me come off as a jerk and not listening –
the truth is I have multiple monitors and she was on all of them, so when I am looking away,
I was still looking at her. Real smooth, Jeff, real smooth. Anywho, lesson learned, enjoy the interview.

Call to Action:

Did you learn anything new? What are some of the strategies you use with your loved ones
or yourself that help manage day to day tasks? Big days? School days? etc, etc.


Making Sense of the Madness: An FASD Survival Guide.

You will learn how to:

  • Increase your FASD understanding and decrease your frustration
  • Sharpen your advocacy skills and strengthen your support network
  • Be a happier, more balanced and confident FASD Caregiver


  1. This was fantastic!!! What a lovely person who explains fetal alcohol and how it affected her so eloquently. This gives me hope!!!

  2. Our son was not diagnosed till 18. He has spent a lot if time in a variety of settings but tragically they don’t understand FASD. We became Guardians for him last year.

    • Thanks for the comment Laurie. That’s why I’m doing interviews just like this, so we can
      help other people understand Fetal Alcohol.

  3. Awesome Job. It’s nice to see others with FASD and how they cope. I have FASD and am a single mom. I would not be doing well as I would be without the support of friends and family. I’m the oldest of 8 adopted by my parents with FASD. And some siblings who do not. I’m the trail blazer in my family lol It’s a lot easier to talk to someone with FASD about FASD, because we get it. Challenges are easier to face when your not alone.

    • Great point Deanna and thanks so much for the comment. It’s important to get the message out that
      people living on the spectrum can do great things with the appropriate supports and interventions in place.
      Keep up the great work, it sounds like you have the right focus to be successful.

  4. Thank you for sharing, Emily! My adopted daughter major medical issues, as well. Your interview provided hope and encouragement. Keep up the great work!

  5. Keep up the good work, Jeff and Emily! That story was very inspiring. I have two teenagers with Fasd and mornings are especially tough. I found your reminder that all the obscenities that come out of their mouths are really cries for help to be so true. Your talk about adults being the ones expected to remain calm in tough situations in your eyes was also a very good point. Blessings to you both as you continue to advocate for our precious loved ones dealing with this very difficult brain damage.

    • Anne, you’re so right mornings can be so hard with our guys. I’m glad you liked
      the interview and gots some good nuggets out of it. Thanks for commenting.

  6. Hi there Jeff and Emily, that was a most inspiring video which I have uploaded to our national FASD Facebook page in NZ. I really liked the bit about giving kids with FASD time to do what we adults ask. That is so good to hear from you Emily and also the lists you use. All the best with your dreams and desires and the best part was how comfortable you are Emily talking about FASD and it’s effects on your life. Thank you so much for sharing. 🙂

    • Thanks for sharing the interview on your Facebook Page Tracey, I really appreciate it.
      I’m glad you found some value in it.

  7. Just finished watching. Amazing interview. Going to have my 18 year old daughter who has FASD watch this. It will be good for her to see that are others just like her who share with the daily obstacles of living with FASD. Happy New Year and look forward to watching many more interviews Jeff!

    • I’m glad you liked the interview Susan, I had a great time doing it and learned a lot. Let
      me know what your daughter thought after she watches it. 🙂

  8. great intrview so glad to see someone with the same diag as my son sucseed it brought tears to my eyes that he could to have a prosperise future thanks jeff and emily keep up the good work

  9. Fantastic at what Emily has achieved. Definitely gives hope for others with FASD esp the carers like me to keep plugging away. Going to share this with my Son and his friends.

  10. HI there my son has fasd and hes having a lot of trouble focusing in school he is on risperedone but that’s only at bed time nto sure why its at bed time and not during the day but he gets tired on it so it can’t be used during the day anyone have a suggestion of new medications out there or how I can get him to focus in class would help. Were so lost at how to help him and we see him struggling so bad and we don’t want that to be happening. We are trying to get him a teachers aide but they wont give him one due to budget cost stuff how lame.

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