Saturday, May 03, 2008

Education, special education: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome at NOFAS

The thing about a child who was exposed to alcohol before they were born is that the symptoms don't always show real early. Many "little things" parents see and especially adoptive parents see are often considered within the range of "normal-ish" It can take awhile for the actual issues to be identified and for everyone to finally agree that--it is true... this child has brain damage--and there is nothing we can do to fix it... the only choice is to live with it and do everything we can...

Once a parent starts to understand what the reality is--and what the future is and is not it makes things a little easier. The truth is that a child with FASD or ARND can and will do okay in their future--it is just going to take a few more years for them to get there. The other risks are the same for any parent. All parents face a chance their child will take risks and make huge mistakes.

This site was helpful to me and there is a lot of information about dealing with the schools when they don't get what Brain Damage is...
Education, special education: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome at NOFAS

http://www.nofas.org/educator/teaching.aspx

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