Thinking About Taking Sensory Processing Disorder Kids to a Play? Do It!

“Paw Patrol is coming!” more than a few friends gleefully told us as advertising for the event picked up. “Are you guys going?”  We weren’t sure.  Yes, our two-year olds love Paw Patrol, as evidenced by their Paw Patrol shoes, Paw Patrol pajamas, Paw Patrol stuffed animals and Paw Patrol bath toys.  We’ve worked hard…

Falling In Love With My FASD Son

I haven’t posted in awhile, and I blame two things. The first one I’ll call Freedom. I had six days off from the kids (Yay!!). I actually planned this as a high volume writing retreat, but quickly I discovered that writing about my children was the LAST thing I needed. Instead, I luxuriated in NOT…

Surprise, surprise…

Just when you think you can predict how your FASD/ Sensory Processing Disorder child is going to respond to something, he does the complete opposite! Zak has had a hard time at parties (he cried at his own until we stopped singing), so I hired a sitter to join us and take him home when…

Many Parents of FASD Kids Feeling Hopeless, Researchers Find

I recently shared a report that parents of kids with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) are more stressed out than parents of kids with autism. The FASD parents who chimed in vigorously confirmed the findings. “Truth,” wrote one mom. “This is news?” asked another. Many FASD parents report that their friends with autistic children are…

Baby Shower Games New Parents Actually Need

I kind of hate baby shower games. None of them truly prepare you for parenthood. When I go to a shower that I suspect will have loads of games, I strategically arrive almost two hours late so as to avoid them. And you know what? They are usually still playing them!  Before I know it,…

Parents of kids with FASD more stressed than parents of kids with autism

At least that’s what the researchers are saying. A team from Canada interviewed dozens of parents in a study on the matter, choosing parents of autistic kids as a baseline because of their status as the most stressed parents of all. Until now. The researchers concluded that raising a kid with FASD is substantially more…

An Open Letter to the Friends We Invite for Dinner

We really like you. That’s why we invited you to dinner at our house. If you asked around even just a little, you know that we’ve only done this three times in the past year. Which makes it four times total since we adopted two babies, really close in age. Essentially since we adopted twins….

Zak and Wheezie: When Siblings Have Sensory Processing Disorder

Who knew a two-headed dragon from a 1999 cartoon could give my family such hope? If you’re at all familiar with Dragon Tales, then you already know of this incredible two-headed dragon named Zak and Wheezie. I am impressed by creators who thought that conjoined twin dragons wouldn’t be creepy. And they were right. Its…

Pregnancy & Alcohol: Should Doctors Ask?

“I drank socially,” our son’s birth mom told us. “But as soon as I found out I was pregnant, I quit.”  She tells me this while sipping a glass of wine and eating a caesar salad at dinner. We had just met.  She chose us to be her unborn baby’s parents, and I was slow…

3 Ways to Thrive as an FASD Parent

Get informed, get support, and take it day to day. These three strategies separate the FASD families that don’t make it from the ones who do, according to a 2016 study that examined the practices of eighty-four parents and caregivers who are raising a child with FASD. A team of Canadian researchers asked the question,…