#142 Amanda Burley: How to make and keep friends with FASD

fasd success show Jan 22, 2024

In this captivating episode of The FASD Success Show, host Jeff Noble sits down with Amanda Burley, a remarkable individual making strides in her journey with FASD. As a Personal Support Worker (PSW) trainee with a passion for caregiving and advocacy, Amanda brings to the table a wealth of lived experiences and insights that are both empowering and enlightening. This episode delves into the critical themes of making and maintaining friendships, navigating the complexities of the workplace, and embodying resilience in the face of FASD-related challenges.

In this episode you will hear Jeff and Amanda discuss:

  • The Art of Building and Sustaining Friendships: Amanda shares her approach to forming genuine connections, emphasizing honesty and mutual understanding. Her experience underscores the value of acceptance and navigating social dynamics with grace, particularly for individuals with FASD.
  • Facing and Overcoming Workplace Obstacles: Dive into Amanda's experiences in her PSW role, where she encounters and overcomes workplace challenges. Her stories of dealing with feeling undervalued, maintaining professional boundaries, and advocating for ethical practices offer invaluable lessons for FASD caregivers and individuals in similar positions.
  • Resilience in Action: Amanda's journey exemplifies resilience, from achieving high grades in her PSW training to her advocacy work. Her approach to managing stress, dealing with emotional challenges, and persisting despite obstacles serves as a beacon of hope and a practical guide for the FASD community.
  • Empowering Advocacy and Self-Assertion: Learn how Amanda's assertiveness in the workplace and beyond serves as a powerful model for self-advocacy. Her experiences highlight the importance of standing up for beliefs and ethical practices, especially in healthcare settings.
  • Personal Growth Through Challenges: Amanda's reflections on her growth journey, including managing meltdowns and emotional regulation, offer a candid look at personal development amidst FASD challenges. Her story is a testament to the transformative power of support, understanding, and self-awareness.

Amanda's candid discussion with Jeff offers an inspiring look at the resilience and strength inherent in the FASD community. Her experiences and insights provide valuable guidance for caregivers and individuals alike, emphasizing the importance of friendship, professional integrity, and personal growth. Tune in to this episode of The FASD Success Show to discover how Amanda's journey can empower and inspire you in your own path with FASD.

Show Notes:

Connect with Amanda Burley on TikTok at @AmandaBurley2 for more insights and advocacy on FASD.

Engage with the FASD Success community on our Facebook Page: FASD Caregiver Success and join the conversation in our Parent and Caregiver Facebook Group: FASD Caregiver Success Group.

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