#136 Too Cool for School: The No-BS Guide to Getting Educators on Your Side

fasd success show Oct 16, 2023
 

The Classroom Conundrum: Advocating for Your Child in an Uncomprehending System

Ever sat in a meeting with your child's teacher and felt like you're speaking two different languages? No, it's not just you. The struggle to get educators on the same page when it comes to FASD is real, and the stakes are high.

In our latest episode, "To Cool for School: The No-BS Guide to Getting Educators on Your Side," we dive into this complex issue head-on. We don't just air out the problems; we offer real, tangible solutions that can turn that uncomfortable parent-teacher dynamic into a collaborative partnership.

1. The Reality of a One-Size-Fits-All Approach

Do you ever feel like your child is just another cog in the educational machine? The problem often starts with a one-size-fits-all approach to education that disregards the unique challenges and abilities of children with FASD. Changing the system isn't going to happen overnight, but changing your child's experience within that...

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#135 AHA! My FASD Lightbulb Moments - Flipping the Switch on Understanding and Empathy

fasd success show Oct 09, 2023
 

The Mind-Boggling Moments: My Top 3 FASD Aha! Revelations

Ever felt that frustrating gap between what you know about FASD and what you actually understand when facing its real-world challenges? You're not alone.

We've all been there: armed with the facts, aware of the science, but still left bewildered when faced with the raw realities of dysregulation, overwhelm, and anger. On paper, it all seems to make sense. In action? It's a whole different ballgame.

Drawing from my own experiences and the winding path from knowledge to deep understanding, I'm here to share my top AHA moments. Moments that illuminated the complexities of FASD and bridged that daunting gap. Moments that I hope will guide you on your journey to not just knowing what FASD is, but truly grasping what it means in the day-to-day life of your loved ones. 

1. It's all about the brain, not the face.

How many times have we heard or even thought, "But they look so normal!"? It's a trap...

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#134 The FASD Success Formula: Strengths, Challenges, and Special Supports

fasd success show Oct 03, 2023
 

Unlocking the Mystery of FASD: A Simple Guide to Understanding and Explaining It

Have you ever found yourself struggling to explain FASD to someone who just doesn't get it? You're not alone. Many caregivers and their loved ones face this challenge daily. But what if I told you there's a simpler way to not only understand FASD but also explain it to others?

FASD is not just a medical term; it's a lived experience that affects families in unique ways. In Episode 134 of the FASD Success Show, we take the FASD definition I recommend and use and break it down into digestible sound bites so you can help others understand.



You will come away from this episode with a straightforward way to articulate what FASD is, how it impacts daily life and a concise, effective way to explain FASD in the time it takes to ride an elevator.

This episode is a game-changer, trust me.

After you listen, let me know what your “elevator pitch” is. I’d love to hear it!

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The Evolution of FASD Day: From Awareness to Global Movement

fasd success show Sep 12, 2023

Did you rock your reds September 9th?

Did you even know September 9th was International FASD Awareness Day? 

If not, no worries - I got you covered with the launch of my FASD Success Show YouTube channel. 

So, let's discover the journey of FASD Day and how it's uniting people worldwide.

You're not alone and here's why!

Red Shoes are More than a Fashion Statement

Have you ever wondered about the story behind those vibrant red shoes you see on FASD Day? It's not just about making a bold fashion statement. It's about standing out, being proud, and advocating for understanding and acceptance.

The Origins of FASD Day

FASD, or Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, is a complex condition that varies from person to person. It's considered the most common known cause of developmental disabilities in the Western world. And yes, it deserves its own day of recognition. The first International FASD Awareness Day was celebrated in perfect harmony on the ninth day of the ninth month in...

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Reintroducing Myself: The Tale of Resilience and Rediscovery

fasd success show Aug 14, 2023
 

The FASD Success Show is back!

After a hiatus, Jeff Noble returns with an episode filled with unexpected twists and raw emotions, illustrating the power of resilience, healing and community support in overcoming life's adversities. Why did he step away? What brought him back to the microphone? And what is the lifeline he is about to toss to caregivers that promises to reshape the FASD landscape?

Tune in, lean in, and discover what's been unfolding behind the scenes, including:

  • The whirlwind series of presentations from down south, west and east from California to Florida, up north to Kashechewan Cree First Nation and across the pond to bonnie Scotland! Jeff shares how it felt to return to live events, the power of connection and shared experiences.
  • Personal reflections on grief and grappling with medical procedures that serves as a poignant reminder to cherish every moment and maintain connections with those we hold dear.
  • The importance of emotional wellness, leaning on...
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#132 The End of a Chapter: Navigating Life After Loss

fasd success show Feb 14, 2023
 

In this episode, I delve into the complicated and emotional process of moving forward after the loss of my sister.  As we navigate the loss of my sister's passing, I reflect on the ups and downs of grieving and how it has changed me. Join me as I share my experiences and the eulogy I never got to say. 
 

In this episode it is you helping me cope with grief and honor the memory of my sister Jennifer.  

I also give an update on the future of the show. Despite this difficult time, I am still passionate about sharing my story and connecting with others. I talk about the new topics I plan to cover and the ways I will be evolving the show moving forward.

This is was really hard to do so I appreciate you taking the time to listen. 

We'll be back soon...better than ever! 

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#131 How to REALLY Survive the Holidays (+ the future of our show)

fasd success show Dec 16, 2022
 

We are back! What a whirlwind the last couple of months has been! In this return episode, I let you know where we have been, what we have been doing, and what the future of the show is, but more importantly for right now for you I am giving a mini-coaching session on how to really survive the holiday!

 

How are you holding up? Many of the caregivers in our Facebook Group and Coaching Course are feeling the strain. You may be burnt out but so are our kids. Even my daughter, who is neurotypical. Add in the disability, seasonal depression, or trauma (for you or your kids) and we have an assault on our nervous systems. Tune in to hear the collective wisdom from my team and the families I work with on how to navigate this season. I dig deep and share:

  • questions to ask and prompts to center yourself if you are struggling
  • quick suggestions to help ease transitions and changes
  • a new way to respond to the negative voices when you or others think our kids are missing out

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#130 Michelle Trager Powerful Parenting from Afar

fasd success show Oct 29, 2022
 
When Michelle and her husband adopted their son, they were told he may have issues in school because of his international adoption background – but no one mentioned FASD. Despite hitting all his early milestones, his challenges escalated as he got older. Their life was chaotic and stressful. They tried everything and saw all the professionals. Even the Occupational Therapist, who was on track with accommodations, didn’t mention FASD. Even with a Master of Social Work, Michelle didn’t think FASD.
 
 
Still feeling that pressure that we are doing everything we can, but there is still issues. Yet, academically, he is doing well at school. There was a part of me that was so angry because of all the professionals we had seen. Why hadn’t anyone suggested it. Why didn’t I know?
 

We talk about how things escalated to the point where there was involvement with the juvenile justice system, placement in a therapeutic day school and...

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#129 Anne and Jeff Munson What to do when you’ve tried EVERYTHING!

fasd success show Oct 22, 2022
 

Do you ever wonder how families with multiple kids on the Spectrum manage? In this week’s episode we meet Anne and Jeff Munson, parents to 19-year-old twins, a 16 and a 14-year-old. They are going to tell you what life was like living in a “hormone hurricane.” There was police involvement, constant dysregulation, and issues at school. In fact, it got so bad their son told them they needed to go to parenting school.

I felt like I was a horrible mom. I felt we were not good parents. I wondered why were they not listening to us? Why don’t the teachers understand? We always presented a unified front to the kids, but there were breaks in the armour. The water was coming over the dam. It was tough.

Once the twins turned 18, Anne decided something needed to change. We discuss what that was and how they made those changes, including:

  • Biggest shifts they each needed to make to restore balance.
  • The aha moments that shifted their parenting paradigm.
  • What...
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#128 Sara and Brad Evans From Faking It to Making It: An FASD Success Story!

fasd success show Oct 15, 2022
 

Brad and Sara Evans went from a loud, outgoing family involved in their community, to questioning why they ever left the house. Everybody knew them and loved them. Until they adopted their young great-niece and nephew. They anticipated challenges, because of the children’s background, but because they didn’t know about fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, they were not prepared for the challenges they faced.

In the beginning, it was like walking on eggshells every day. They expected their niece and nephew to function like their 5 bio kids, including their 3 and 5-year-olds, and respond to the same parenting strategies, but they did nor could not.

(My oldest children) would tell you I screamed all the time. I went through a time when my voice was hoarse. I kept thinking they are going to stop if I yell. It didn’t help.

In this special episode you will find out:

  • What made Brad and Sara seek out the possibility of FASD and where they found help to change their...
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