Answers To Your Biggest Questions on FASD [Podcast]

Season 3, Episode 21- The Honestly Speaking Parenting Podcast

Last month we hosted an online Q&A on FASD with Dr. Ira Chasnoff and Gabe Chasnoff from NTI Upstream and the results were amazing. Two hundred people showed up for the event. We’ve had so many requests for the replay that we’re sharing the audio on today’s podcast.

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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum disorder affects an estimated 40,000 newborn infants every year. While those statistics are staggering and shocking, FASD as a whole, is often overlooked, downplayed and even judged in today’s society. Our goal at Confessions Of An Adoptive Parent, as well as NTI Upstream, is to give this disorder a voice and share the truth behind FASDs.

We had so many great questions come in for the event last month, that we couldn’t answer them all on the air, but the discussion they produced was one of the most enriching experiences we’ve had the privilege of hosting. We truly hope you enjoy and benefit from the podcast version.

Listen to the Podcast.

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Resources and Links.

We are so honored to be able to partner with Gabe Chasnoff and Dr. Ira Chasnoff in helping FASD gain a voice and a platform in today’s culture. Below are links to resources we mentioned during the broadcast, as well as links to purchase Moment To Moment and The Adoptive Parent Toolbox…

  • NTI Upstream– the organization that the Chasnoff’s founded and serve with. It exists to advance the conversation on issues of health and social welfare.
  • NoFAS.org– one of our favorite resources to share on FAS and FASD. They provide listings to clinics, based on location, that can help diagnosis your child.
  • Moment To Moment: Teens Growing Up With FASDs– by far the best documentary that illustrates the reality of FASD.
  • The Adoptive Parent Toolbox– this is the book we wrote last year on just about every aspect of the adoption journey. We are sharing it because we include a special section on understanding trauma and parenting through FASD.

We also are pleased to share the trailer for Moment To Moment to give you an inside look in to this telling documentary…

Question: Are you raising a child with FASD? What are some of your questions? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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  • Kassie

    Thank you so much for this information. Our foster (soon to be forever) son was just diagnosed with ARND and a Sensory Processing Disorder. The FASD diagnoses may become more, but he is only 10 months old.

    Listening to many parents frustration made me thankful to live where we do. The clinic we worked with starts evaluations at 6 months as long as the mother admits to consuming alcohol or there is documentation from family members or legal records (i.e. arrest records, u.a., etc.). In our case I was able to ask mom in court and explained I only wanted to info to be able to give her son the best opportunities in life rather than trying to blame her for the damage caused.

    He is now going to see an OT (who specializes in kids with FASD though we are focusing on the sensory portion of it right now) once a week and we are doing daily therapy at home. Our school district is already involved through the early childhood program. They are just visiting periodically, monitoring him, and giving suggestions as he has no developmental delays as of now.

    I really appreciate your advice about being respectful when seeking help. One of our bio sons has Asperger’s ( or high functioning autism as it is now being called). Also my husband is a school administrator so we had a little different perspective as we navigated through the system and learned how to advocate and “fight” for him with polite, intelligent, firmness. Some of the people I was most at odds with during certain times I am still connected with and we still chat and share new information. They’ve become great resources.

    I just found your blog a couple weeks ago and it has been so helpful to read. Thank you!

    • Hey Kassie, we are so glad we are connected with you. And we are so grateful that you have found hope on this journey. Let us know if there is anything else we can do to help you or your family. That’s what this site exists for! 🙂