Supporting Adults who have FASD
Resources for Caregivers & Families supporting an Adult who has FASD
Here are some links to articles that have more information specifically for supporting adolescents and adults who have FASD:
Working with Adolescents or Adults with FASD: This presentation comes from Dr Vanessa Spiller from Jump Start Psychology in Queensland. Dr Spiller has a particular interest in working with children and families affected by FASD.
Supporting Success for Adults with FASD – This Canadian booklet has been developed with the support and advice of individuals with FASD and family members and professionals involved in the lives of adults with FASD.
Adults and Adolescents with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder 2016 – video recordings from the International Conference on FASD
Safety planning for persons who are emotionally fragile and explosive Many adults with FASD may be very emotionally fragile and reactive people and this can often have a greater impact on their ability to function than their cognitive impairments. Knowing how to respond in a manner that doesn’t escalate their reactive behaviour is very important:
Parenting with FASD – Challenges, Strategies & Supports: This booklet focuses on some of the parenting-related experiences and challenges faced by people with FASD. Highlighted as well are strategies, suggestions and resources found to promote positive parenting. ($US15)
Parenting with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum disorder – research article This paper focuses on issues associated with parenting and living with FASD.
FASD and Employment
Disability Employment Services (DES) can help people find employment and keep a job. Unless employers have a good understanding of FASD most young people and adults with FASD experience failed job placements repeatedly. Because they can often speak very well they may be able to secure a job placement themselves, but they can rarely maintain it without the assistance of someone who can advocate for them and provide support in the workplace. FASD in the workplace is a great little publication written for employers by Claire Gyde from FASD-Can in NZ and is certainly suitable for downloading and sharing with employers in Australia.
Resources for adults who have FASD
If you have Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, it’s important to understand that you have the same rights as everyone else. Because those rights are often not respected in the same way that they are for those without disabilities (particularly in the case of ‘invisible’ disabilities such as aspects of FASD), there are special protections for certain rights, such as the right to being supported in ways that meet your needs. If you need some help to work out where you can go for support, please give us a call on 1300 306 238 (free call) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
So you have been diagnosed with FASD – now what! – A handbook of helpful strategies for youth and adults
Things to know if you have FASD – Advice from people who have FASD
New Beginning: Better Than This – Liz Kulp, who has FASD shares information and gives readers a private look in to the mind and heart of an adult living with FASD.
Flying with Broken Wings – a closed FB support group for adults who have FASD and those who work with or care for them created by RJ Formanek, a person living with FASD