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Below is a collection of various blog posts meant to encourage, inspire or educate. Grab a steaming mug of hot liquid this weekend and steal away to a quiet corner for some quick reads. Happy Weekend!
Traditional parenting approaches tend to focus on changing the child’s behaviour without fully exploring the underlying feelings that drive the behaviour. Yet coercing children to change their actions through the threat of punishments and imposed consequences fails to address the underlying feelings and unmet needs, puts children in a defensive position and generally comes at a cost to the relationship. When children do as they’re told, without their feelings, wishes and wants being taken into consideration, they are being conditioned to do what others believe is best.
The federal government’s Interagency Coordinating Committee on FASD (ICCFASD – sorry, another acronym!) has worked hard through its various subcommittees over the past eight years to try to come to terms with diagnostic criteria. These efforts have culminated in generally accepted diagnostic criteria for FAS and fairly good consensus as to the diagnostic criteria for children who have been exposed prenatally to alcohol but who do not meet full criteria for a diagnosis of FAS. New terminology was developed for this second group – Neurodevelopmental Disorder-Prenatal Alcohol Exposure (ND-PAE).
For kids who have a hard time reading social situations and who tend to act or behave inappropriately, it’s vital that you work on it with them as a parent. If your child lacks these social skills, the good news is that this problem can be fixed.