Five Part Series on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Written by Helen Ramaglia

 

 

Pt. 1:   Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in America - A Silent Crisis

 

Pt. 2:   The Financial Impact Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in America

 

Pt. 3:   The Criminal Justice SystemFetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in America

 

Pt. 4:   Educating Students with FASD

 

Pt. 5:   Raising Adrian – My Own Experience with FASD in America - Conclusion of this series

Fetal Alcohol Awareness Programs

 

 

Coming In 2015......

Adrian - Ours for 2 hours.

Adrian - Ours for 2 hours.

Placed into the foster care system as a new born. Two and a half years old and we were his 7th placement. Failure to thrive, ashen skin, bruising over his body & wearing 18 month clothes.

Adrian - constant meltdowns

Adrian - constant meltdowns

Having constant meltdowns throughout the day. Unable to communicate, grunting for things he wants and now three years old. Fearful of women.

Adrian - Afraid of women

Adrian - Afraid of women

Moody, angry, seems disconnected and fearful. Nightmares and unable to balance or control emotions. Seems autistic?

Adrian

Adrian

Sensitivity to certain fabrics. The gorging is slowing down and now he is becoming sensitive to certain food textures, colors, food touching, etc. Makes himself through up unless the motivation is worth suffering through. ie. a great dessert. Gorges on sweets.

Adrian

Adrian

Oppositional? Unable to 'go with the flow.' Seems lost emotionally and mentally. Showing signs of developmental delay. Something's not right, but I can't quit figure it out. Leaning towards autism & bipolar?

Adrian

Adrian

Crossed the path of depression and now must remind him not to get overly excited. Over the top fun, siblings get hurt, indulging in dangerous fun. Well, we can mark off autism, but maybe Aspergers & the upside of bipolar?

Adrian - Finally Happy but........

Adrian - Finally Happy but........

Adrain -Full array of testing. Results FAS - At least we have a diagnosis. Now .... the hard part, how do we manage this unfortunate and preventable birth defect?

Family

Family

Unconditional love - adopted June 2010. We are in it for the long haul. One with FAS and another with FASD. We will fight and with the right tools, we will help them become the best they can be. We WILL prevail!

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