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