We can all agree that reading success stories is nothing less than awesome! Real life stories about other FASD families, caregivers and FASD persons can provide us with that little bit of hope that we need to get through the day or to add some new perspective to a situation at home or school that you are dealing with.
The success stories that you will read about on these next few pages are from Caregivers and families all over the world who share many of the same challenges and battles, but they also share all the amazing little A-Ha! moments and celebrations, but mostly importantly, these stories are from families just like yours.
Enjoy the read!
He was always in trouble in school, I would get calls like crazy for awhile, sometimes I didn’t even pick up or return calls.
I was just under a lot of stress with him.
Kids would tell him to do something and he was the one that got in trouble, some kids would tell him to go beat up a kid and be in trouble.
So, a couple of years ago, I started to talk to him about how the other kids were using him.
This is what I taught him: Stop, Think, Consequences.
What’s going to happen if I do this or that.
I really brainwashed him to use this method, it took a while, but it’s starting to work, it took about a year and half for him to get it.
I remind him everyday when he leaves for school.
I think he’s starting to notice too in the last year, sometimes he would tell me, Mom, I remember what you said and that’s what I did.
Also, he tells me, you know what Mom…normal kids can do exactly the same thing as me but they don’t get in trouble, but as soon as I do it, the story becomes really big and out of hand, half the time the teachers exaggerate.
I had to fight a lot with the school system for him, I adopted Jaicee from a family member that drank and he has a sister that is a year older than him. She’s affected too, but not the same way as Jaicee, they do having learning problems but pretty smart on other things that they do.
Jaicee reads a lot, Michelle draws.
About five years ago they couldn’t read and got them into Reading Club at their school, plus I cut off T.V and games to two hours, that worked, they can read really well now.
Anyway, this is my story.
Here is a news article on my daughter’s softball team. She was diagnosed with PFAS at age nine and due to her hyper-extendibility, she did an awesome job pitching. To guide her in the social, processing, executive functioning areas, my husband became one of the coaches. His dedication in working with her daily, being her external brain during and after games, she and her team were very successful. Softball is one of Jaden’s strengths and with the proper supports and accommodations in place, she had a wonderful year.