UPDATE: We are currently unable to accept any further referrals for FASD related services as our practice is full. We’ll remove this notice when we’re able to accept new families.
Raising kids is hard. Raising kids with suspected or diagnosed FASD is ridiculously hard. The chaos, the impulsivity, the different ways they learn, the lack of cause and effect, and the constant over-stimulation that leads to outbursts and meltdowns on a regular basis. The weird physical symptoms don’t help either. FASD is hard. Really, really hard. It’s hard on the kids who have it and the parents who are trying to survive the day.
Jenna Hill is the author and FASD strategist behind FASD Families, an online resource for families caring for children with FASD. In addition to tools, resources, tips, and articles about living life as the single parent of her two grandsons with FASD, Jenna offers online and in person counselling services to caregivers. Because she’s been there, cried about that, and largely spent the first few years feeling like she was living in a permanent sort of Groundhog Day.
With a Master of Social Work, a background in child welfare, as well as being the foster/grandparent to two boys with FASD, Jenna understands the daily struggle of parenting children with FASD. As a therapist, she can help you with developing strategies to help you understand your kid’s brain based behaviours and put tools in place to help your child function better. Less chaos equals a happier family.
Jenna also helps exhausted caregivers with managing the daily stress of parenting kids who have FASD. Once strategies and supports for managing the kid(s) are in place, she’ll help you manage your exhaustion, grief, and fear about the future using therapeutic techniques that have worked for her and for other families.
Recognizing that the couple relationship is often under extreme stress when parenting kids with special needs, Jenna also offers couples therapy to get both parents on the same page, to remember why they’re together, and to strengthen their relationship in trying times. It doesn’t have to be all about the kids all the time.
If you’re struggling as a caregiver with children you suspect have FASD or have been diagnosed, you’re going to want to visit FASD Families. Full of humor, practical advice, and stories of daily life as the single parent of FASD kids, it’s a worthwhile read.
To book a free 20 minute consultation with Jenna, get in touch below.
UPDATE: We are currently unable to accept any further referrals at this time for FASD related services. We”ll remove this notice once we have space in our practice.