Adoption & Attachment Problems: Newborns May Have It, Too

We have two adopted kids: Wheezie, whom we adopted as a 3-month old out of foster care, and Zak, adopted as a newborn. Much to our incredible surprise, Zak is the one with attachment issues. He is the one whose birth we witnessed, whom we slept next to at the hospital, and who has never…

Could Keeping My Son’s FASD Private Be Making Life Harder?

Our toddler has Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). We decided we wouldn’t share this information with others, for fear he will be stigmatized for it. But I am discovering that we are paying a heavy price for this decision. Because I don’t talk about it, my feelings stay trapped inside of me.  And they only…

FASD costs parents an extra $27,000 each year

Our newborn son Zak was home for just four days when we realized we needed help. We didn’t know it at the time, but he was suffering from three major issues that afflict babies with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD):  1. feeding issues, 2. sleeping issues  and 3. near-constant irritability. It took at least forty-five…

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…

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…