11 September 2019

How to support caregivers and families living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

This paper from Emerging Minds highlights the issues faced by families caring for children with FASD and how practitioners can provide assistance. Supporting the child’s caregiver and family is very important for both the family and child as stable caregiving is a significant protective factor for children living with FASD. Caregivers and families living with FASD experience a range of unique stressors associated with obtaining diagnosis and with a child’s ongoing behavioural, emotional, and learning difficulties as well as the challenges associated with getting the kind of practical and emotional support children and families need. Caregivers require three broad types of support, including practical and emotional support and having their experiences acknowledged, social and community support, and support with creating a well-functioning family life.