Caring for Yourself

This is a list of ideas for parents/carers to act as first aid for a healthy body and a happy mind!

The first aid ideas have been split into three sections, with each section being a different stage of behaviours from the person living with FASD.

Some of the ideas will require preparation and research, but this is a great investment in administering your own first aid.
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Webinars for building carer resilience

NOFASD Australia partnered with American FASD specialist Eileen Devine to create these valuable videos and resources. Taking care of yourself is essential, not just for your own wellbeing but also for your family.  

Webinar #1 – Managing the Toll of Caregiver Trauma and Building Resiliency in Families Impacted by FASD

In this first webinar Eileen speaks honestly about the experiences which parents and carers face. She explains some of the processes behind burnout and trauma, then gives a lot of great ideas of how to make positive changes to increase parent/carer health and wellbeing. Our goal is that parents and carers watching this will feel empowered to make positive changes for themselves and their families.

 

To download and print the presentation slides, please click here

Download the accompanying worksheet here

Webinar #2 – The Human Elements of Implementing the Neurobehavioural Approach to Parenting

In this second webinar Eileen talks about the human elements, and challenges, of using the neurobehavioural approach when raising children with FASD. She talks about our values and the emotional reactions we have when our child’s behaviour is in conflict with those values. Eileen discusses the parent journey of coming to an understanding of the neurobehavioral approach and highlights the need for self-compassion and self-acceptance, and the importance of honouring our human-ness.

To download and print the presentation slides, please click here

Download a full-page copy of The intersect of behaviours, values and brain function (slide 12)

About Eileen Devine, Licenced Clinical Social Worker

Eileen Devine is a therapist in Portland, Oregon USA who works with parents of children with neurobehavioral challenges through her private clinical practice, FASD Northwest. She has over a dozen years of clinical experience, with a special emphasis on working with families impacted by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and other brain-based, neurobehavioral conditions that have challenging and confusing behavioural symptoms. With the use of teleconferencing technology, she consults with parents nationally and internationally, providing them with the support they need to implement the neurobehavioral model into their everyday parenting and interactions with their child. Eileen is an instructor for the Post-Master’s Certificate in Adoption and Foster Family Therapy through Portland State University’s Child Welfare Partnership where she teaches other providers about FASD and how to use the neurobehavioral model in their work with families impacted by this disability. She has the great fortune of facilitating dozens of other trainings and workshops for parents and providers each year on a variety of topics that are relevant to the experience of being a parent of a child with a neurobehavioral condition. In addition to this professional experience, Eileen has the lived experience of parenting a child with a diagnosis of FASD, so understands intimately the day-to-day struggles her clients are working through. Her goal is to support parents and caregivers of children with these frequently misunderstood brain-based conditions on their unique parenting journey so that they, their children, and their family can thrive.

 

Eileen Devine also publishes a blog on her website

To read the blogs Eileen mentions in the second webinar click below:

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