We know that prenatal exposure to alcohol and other drugs kill cells in the developing brain, affecting myelination and organization of the structure, function, and neurochemistry of the brain. Our experience also tells us that many children who have confirmed or suspected prenatal exposure to alcohol and drugs struggle behaviorally. Why is this, exactly? Additionally, why do the standard, commonly accepted parenting techniques fail when applied to these children? And, most importantly, what can parents and providers do to support these children differently (and more successfully)?
Even when we understand that the brain is the source of all behaviors, there is often a gap between knowledge and application of this information, between brain function and “dysfunction”, and knowing what we can do about it. Applying a brain-based approach to parenting children who have been prenatally exposed to substances works to bridge the gap between brain function and behaviors. It seeks to understand and redefine behaviors from a neurobehavioral perspective as well as redefine the actual problem and solution in a way that is consistent with research.
The result of this shift from a behavior modification lens to a neurobehavioral lens is more effective interventions, increased understanding, and less frustration. We move from trying to change the person to achieving changes by providing appropriate accommodations based on what is known about the way in which their brain works differently.
I can’t wait to introduce you to another fabulous guest presenter!!! Eileen Devine is a licensed clinical social worker with over a dozen years of clinical experience and is the adoptive mother of a child with fetal alcohol syndrome. Additionally, she is a certified facilitator through FASCETS, Inc., an internationally renowned non-profit specializing in the teaching and application of the neurobehavioral model, as developed by FASCETS founder, Diane Malbin. Eileen is also an instructor for the Post-Master's Certificate in Adoption and Foster Therapy through Portland State University's Child Welfare Partnership, training other therapist on the neurobehavioral model. This combination of professional and personal experience allows Eileen to provide effective therapeutic support from the perspective of clinical expertise paired with the lived experience of parenting a child with significant neurobehavioral challenges. Her goal is to support parents and caregivers of children with disabilities on their unique parenting journey so that they, their children, and their family can thrive. Learn more about Eileen atwww.FASDNorthwest.com
This one-hour webinar is for you if:
You are parenting a with suspected or confirmed prenatal exposure to toxins such as alcohol, drugs, or traumatic stress
You work with children with suspected or confirmed prenatal exposure to toxics such as alcohol, drugs, or traumatic stress (psssst...if you are a teacher, therapist, pediatrician, or someone who works with lots of different children all day long, you DO work with children impacted by prenatal exposure)
You need a booster-shot in compassion for yourself (this is HARD work!!!) and your child
We will cover:
What it means to parent from a “neurobehavioral” perspective.
How brain function and behavior are connected by delineating between primary and secondary characteristics.
Why some “very good” parenting techniques are ineffective with children who have brain differences and will be able to define what it means to provide accommodations for them as an alternative approach.