My brain is so full of thoughts after yesterday’s training – and of course, today is Resurrection Sunday and all that involves – but I really hope I can share some of the highlights from yesterday’s training and bless someone as I was blessed!
To say the training was intimate is an understatement. I think there were 15 in attendance. I was sorry they didn’t do introductions since there were so few, but I gathered a couple were workers, a few were foster parents and the rest were adoptive parents. Â Most of us had a working knowledge of FASD but I definitely think – if you like with someone on the Fetal Alcohol spectrum, you would do best to revisit any training you can get as often as you can.
First a few links. The training was hosted by the FASD Norcal group:Â http://www.fasdnorcal.org/Â Â Back in 2014 I was involved in early discussions and met with some people to convey the great need for local support groups. Â Sadly, at this time, the only groups I am aware of are in the Bay Area. But Eric and I are praying about starting something more local for us!
And, our trainer was Jeff Noble. Â His website is FASDForever atÂ http://fasdforever.com/Â He has a newsletter, ebooks and a youtube channel. Â He is a former house parent, foster parent and FASD educator in Canada. Â Personally he has been an encouragement to my husband especially on Facebook and through his writings.
A few snippets that stood out to me during the day:
“They have the most unpredictable brains on the planet.”
“(They) look normal,Â talk normal,Â act disabled”
“Everyone has a brain. Everyone’s brain is different and normal for them.”
‘I’m bored’ can be translated ‘I don’t know what to do next.’
90% of our kiddos acquire anxiety or depression.
I’m realizing there is really too much to share in one post and I have some things I need to dig into a bit more in my own journey so I’ll be writing more later. Â If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. Â I was extremely blessed to get to ask Jeff some questions I’ve been struggling with and I can’t wait to share more of what I learned!