The last post was introducing us to 4 women and their life stories. This article is about their children:
The impact of FASD on the life’s of Serenity age 6, Jacob age 9, Elaine age 10 and Elijah age 8.
“A child with an FASD can suffer damage to parts of the brain that determine intelligence, memory, language ability, motor skills and senses like touch and hearing.” They can be hypersensitive to temperature, noise and/or touch. In most cases their disability is not visible, so in daily life people don’t notice it right away meaning they might not be able to provide the needed help or care e.g. at school.
Children with FAS or FASD sometimes display “dysmaturity”, meaning their emotional ages are much younger than their actual ages.
Heidi Case “It’s not always alcoholics who have these children with FASD,” she said. “It’s people like me who went on a cruise and had a little fun and now, not only are we paying for it as a family, but I have a son who is paying for it for the rest of his life. The hardest thing is just knowing that it won’t ever go away,” Heidi said. “It’s not a mental illness. It’s not something that can be fixed. It’s brain damage.”
The struggles they are going to face all through life could have been prevented. That’s a burden their mother’s have to carry on for their whole life.
It is a very interesting and touching article and a great overview of FASD.
To read the whole article visit http://www.adn.com/2014/02/24/3344493/a-silent-epidemic.html