#146: Navigating the Swear Storms: Understanding FASD and Swearing

fasd success show Feb 18, 2024

Strap in for an unflinching dive into one of the more colorful aspects of FASD caregiving - navigating the world of swearing. In Episode #146 of The FASD Success Show, host Jeff Noble takes us through the whys and hows of swearing in individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), offering a blueprint for understanding and managing these outbursts.

This episode isn't about shaming or strict discipline; it's a lesson in empathy and effective communication. We're exploring the neurological underpinnings of swearing in the FASD brain and providing strategies to help caregivers redirect these moments into constructive learning opportunities.

Join Jeff as he unpacks:

- The Brain's Traffic System: Understanding the role of the prefrontal cortex and how it affects impulse control in individuals with FASD.

- Emotional Regulation: Recognizing the importance of emotional expression and identifying the root causes behind the swearing.

- The Power of Pause: Learning how to...

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#145 The FASD Success Show Shout-Out Special!

fasd success show Feb 16, 2024

In this special episode, we're putting the spotlight on the incredible stories and victories within our FASD community. From academic achievements to heartwarming family moments, it's all about highlighting the resilience and successes that inspire us all.

A while back, we asked members in our private Facebook Group for shout-outs, and the response was overwhelming - so we're dedicating an entire episode to share and celebrate your wins.

Joining me is none other than my esteemed colleague and lead FASD Caregiver Coach, Barb Clark. Together, we delve into caregiver stories, uncovering the secrets to success, and spreading positivity and hope throughout our larger FASD community. 

But wait, that's not all there is!

In the midst of celebrating your victories, Barb and I are thrilled to unveil our upcoming FASD Aggression Masterclass - a game-changing program designed to equip caregivers with the tools and knowledge to navigate FASD-related aggression effectively.

At the...

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#144 Unlocking Growth: How the FASD Brain Evolves and Why Your Efforts Matter

fasd success show Feb 05, 2024

Dive into the mysteries of brain development in our latest episode of The FASD Success Show, featuring the incredible Dr. Catherine Lebel. This episode is a treasure trove of insights for caregivers who navigate the challenging but rewarding path of FASD caregiving.

In this episode we uncover:

  • The Resilient Brain: Explore how the FASD brain's journey of growth continues into the thirties, offering hope for ongoing development and learning.
  • Harnessing Neuroplasticity: Learn about the brain's remarkable ability to adapt, why early interventions can be transformative, and how to leverage this adaptability to support your child.
  • The Power of Research: Dr. Lebel shares her pioneering work, revealing how children with FASD may exhibit unique patterns of brain connectivity that can guide more personalized care strategies.
  • Adolescence and Beyond: Discover the potential for a developmental 'catch-up' in older children and adolescents with FASD, and what this means for long-term...
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#143 Making Waves: A Step-by-Step Guide to Igniting FASD Advocacy in Your City

fasd success show Jan 29, 2024

Join us in an inspiring episode of The FASD Success Show, where host Jeff Noble is joined by Allan Mountford and Rochelle Howlett, pioneers in FASD advocacy from Nova Scotia. Their journey is a powerful narrative of resilience, collaboration, and the unstoppable force of community.


In this episode, Jeff, Allan, and Rochelle discuss:

  • Allan's Advocate Reawakening: Discover how Allan's unwavering passion for advocacy finds new life in Nova Scotia, inspiring us all that it's never too late to impact change.
  • Rochelle's Drive for Services: Learn from Rochelle's relentless pursuit to find and create support systems, proving how individual determination can lead to collective success.
  • The Synergy of Partnership: Witness the strength Allan and Rochelle gain by joining forces, showcasing the immense potential of collaborative advocacy.
  • Lessons in Sustaining Momentum: Explore how past advocacy experiences shape Allan and Rochelle's approach to maintaining their advocacy...
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#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...
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#141 Discover a New Mental Health Tool with Emma Jewell

fasd success show Jan 16, 2024

Join us in an enlightening episode of The FASD Success Show as we welcome Emma Jewell, a luminary in the world of FASD caregiving and mental health. Your host, Jeff Noble, guides you through a journey that intertwines knowledge, experience, and the drive for change, highlighted by Emma's work on the Mental Health Toolkit from the Canada FASD Research Network (CanFASD).

Emma Jewell, MSW, RSW (she/her) is a registered social worker and Research Assistant with the Psychology, Law, and Neurodevelopment (PLAN) Policy and Research Group at the University of Guelph, as well as the Canada FASD Research Network. She completed her undergraduate degree and thesis at the University of Guelph before her Master of Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University. In her free time, Emma enjoys cooking, going on walks, and spending time with friends and family.

You will learn about the groundbreaking Mental Health Toolkit for FASD, a resource that is transforming mental health support for...

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#140 Audrey McFarlane – Pioneering Progress in FASD

fasd success show Jan 08, 2024

Join us for a captivating episode of 'The FASD Success Show' with the insightful Audrey McFarlane, Executive Director of the Canada FASD Research Network, who has been at the forefront of FASD research and advocacy for over two decades. In this episode we cover:

  • Evolving Conversations in FASDDiscover how FASD discussions have expanded beyond prevention to address broader needs.
  • A New Tool for Mental Health ProfessionalsExplore a newly launched mental health toolkit for FASD on their website.
  • Seeking Voices: The Family Advisory CommitteeLearn how you can contribute to FASD research by joining the Family Advisory Committee.
  • Navigating Challenges: Diagnosis and PolicyUncover the complexities of FASD diagnosis and the implications for policy-making.
  • FASD on the Global StageFind out about efforts to raise FASD awareness through the United Nations.
  • Toronto 2025: A Gathering of MindsGet a sneak peek at the upcoming Toronto FASD...
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#139 How FASD Coaching Can Unlock Breakthroughs with Behaviors

fasd success show Nov 22, 2023

Prepare for a journey into the heart of FASD caregiving with a twist of inspiration and a dose of real-world wisdom. I'm your host, Jeff Noble, and in this must-listen episode, I'm bringing together a dynamic team of coaches from the Caregiver Kickstart coaching program. These remarkable individuals (Barb Clark, Michael Harris, Christine Bofenkamp, and Laurie Anderson) are not only experts in their fields but also share their lives with individuals with FASD, offering a perspective that's as authentic as it gets.

As we navigate the complexities and celebrate the triumphs of FASD caregiving, each coach offers a piece of their story, shedding light on the power of connection, understanding, and resilience. Their shared experiences are a beacon for those navigating similar waters, providing solace and solidarity.

By the close of our chat, you'll be loaded with strategies, bolstered by expert insights, and touched by stories that echo your own. If you're ready for a surge of...

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#138 Unlearning to Reconnect: Stacia's FASD Caregiving Journey from Professor to Not for Profit

fasd success show Oct 30, 2023

Welcome to Episode #138 of the FASD Success Show! Today, we're talking to Stacia Stribling, a wife, mom, FASD advocate and a proud business owner running a family-led Orchard. Stacia's story is a blend of advocacy, family, and the simple joys of life, like picking apples and peaches from her orchard.

Stacia is not just another guest; she's a powerhouse of advocacy. From her work with Formed Families Forward to her own lived experiences, Stacia brings a wealth of knowledge to the FASD community.

If you're looking for inspiration and practical advice, this episode is a treasure trove. Here are some of Stacia's golden nuggets:

  • The importance of community in advocacy.
  • How to navigate the complexities of FASD with grace.
  • The therapeutic benefits of connecting with nature, as seen through her orchard life.

As noted, Stacia and her family own an orchard, a sanctuary where you can pick your own apples and peaches. If you're in the DC, Maryland, Virginia area, don't miss out on...

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#137 From Burnout to Breakthrough: Angela's Journey of FASD Hope

fasd success show Oct 22, 2023

Have you ever felt like you're on a never-ending rollercoaster while navigating the world of FASD caregiving? If so, you're not alone, and Episode #137 of the FASD Success Show is just for you. This episode dives deep into the real-life story of Angela, a birth mom who has faced the highs and lows of FASD caregiving.

Angela's Unfiltered Experience

Angela is not just another guest; she's a birth mom who's been through the wringer. From handling meltdowns to cherishing the small victories, Angela shares her unfiltered experiences. Her story is a testament to the resilience and strength that caregivers in the FASD community possess.

Actionable Tips and Wisdom

If you're looking for quick fixes, this episode offers more than that. It offers sustainable and realistic strategies that you can integrate into your daily routine. Some of Angela's golden nuggets include:

  • Don't underestimate the power of community support.
  • Self-care is not selfish; it's essential.

What's the...

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