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FASD Family Life podcast is where we get REAL about raising children and youth with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Host and FASD Educator, Robbie Seale, synergizes her 20 years lived experience, in-depth knowledge of FASD and the best research to educate, encourage, equip parents and caregivers raising children and youth with FASD. Robbie's passion is to help families thrive, because she knows the struggle is real and so is success. Weekly episodes of FASD Family Life discuss the challenges families experience and delivers effective strategies to improve family cohesion and increase understanding of this complex disability. Do you have a question about FASD or are you struggling with a challenging situation? Email your questions to FASDFamilyLife@gmail.com for a personal response from Robbie Seale. Your questions may be discussed in a future episode.

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FASD Family Life podcast is where we get REAL about raising children and youth with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Host and FASD Educator, Robbie Seale, synergizes her 20 years lived experience, in-depth knowledge of FASD and the best research to educate, encourage, equip parents and caregivers raising children and youth with FASD. Robbie's passion is to help families thrive, because she knows the struggle is real and so is success. Weekly episodes of FASD Family Life discuss the challenges families experience and delivers effective strategies to improve family cohesion and increase understanding of this complex disability. Do you have a question about FASD or are you struggling with a challenging situation? Email your questions to FASDFamilyLife@gmail.com for a personal response from Robbie Seale. Your questions may be discussed in a future episode.

    Season 5 Episode 1 - Be The Change

    Season 5 Episode 1 - Be The Change

    Welcome to the FASD Family Life Podcast. I am your host, Robbie Seale, FASD specialist, with more than 25 years experience raising kids with prenatal alcohol exposure and trauma . I hope that as we spend this time together, you will know you are not alone and that there is hope for you and your loved one with FASD.
    Can I invite you to subscribe right now so you never miss an episode? Season 5 is going to be the best yet! You won't want to miss my conversations with REAL PEOPLE making REAL CHANGE! 
    Lauren Richardson, diagnosed with FASD at 27, is an unwaving advocate for FASD awareness. Lauren is a force to be reckoned with! Her passion for FASD awareness inspired her to reach out the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League in 2023.  You will be astonished to hear what she accomplished!
    Naill Schofield, diagnosed at 19 with FASD, is a former fashion model and professional BMX racer, turned entrepreneur. Inspired to elevate BMX in Canada, Naill built a world class outdoor BMX track in his hometown. Naill is a highly sought after public speaker, author of 2 books, and entrepreneur with a big heart and even bigger dreams.

    If you are new to this podcast you may be asking yourself, "Why?"  Why did you start this podcast?  I am a person who needs to know why too. 
    Why is a question that can open doors to worlds that were previously unknown to us.
    I asked "why?" in 1987 when I saw 9 and 10 year old children selling themselves in an ally on a freezing cold January night in my city. "Why is this happening?" tore at my soul. 
    It also revealed a world to me, that I didn't know existed. It changed the trajectory of my life in ways I could never have imagined. But God knew.  He knew their suffering. He placed a passion in me to step in a world where children suffer trauma.
    "Be the change you want to see in the world" are words that ignite passion in me to step into the gap to find a solution or at least a path forward to help another human being.
    For me it started with changing my major in college to Child and Youth Care Work. As well as the decision to build my family through foster care and adoption after the birth of my first daughter.
     As our family grew so did my questions. Why? Why is everything I learned about parenting and behaviour management not working? The harder I tried the top down approach of consequences, time outs, sticker charts, tough love, the more my kids struggled and the more frustrated I became.
    I got my answer when my 7-year-old twins received a diagnosis of FASD. Later, my son would also receive a diagnosis of FASD.
    Hearing those words from a panel of experts knocked me for a loop. I felt like my blood ran cold for a few seconds as a new reality took hold. FASD... a permanent, life altering disability with no cure. That was in 2011.
    Since then I have made it my mission to learn everything I can about FASD. The more I learned the more I wanted to share with other parents and caregivers. There is hope! There are many things we can do! And there are countless examples of people with FASD doing amazing things!
    Why did I start the FASD Family Life podcast? I wanted to share with you what I have learned. And I wanted to be the friend to you, that I wish I had all those years ago.
    I hope I can shine a light on your dark path. And let you know the struggle is real, and so is success! If you haven't already subscribed, click that button right now. You don't have to walk this road alone.
    You can reach out to me anytime at FASDfamilylife.ca to ask a question. Let me know your story about real people making real change it just might make it into a future episode. 
    Until next time remember...
     The struggle is real, and so it success!
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    The Intermission

    The Intermission

    Welcome to Season 4, episode 23 of the FASD Family Life Podcast. This is the only show about FASD hosted by an FASD Specialist and parent with 30 years lived experience.  I am Robbie Seale, your host and mom to five incredible people; including three teens diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. As an FASD Specialist it is my passion to help families thrive.  To learn more about me and my work check out my website,  https://fasdfamilylife.ca/

    I started this podcast to be the friend I wished I had when my kids were young and to bring hope to weary parents. I wanted to share what I have learned working in residential treatment and raising my own children impacted by trauma and prenatal alcohol exposure. I pour my heart and soul into the production of the FASD Family Life podcast. All that hard work is paying off! Since 2021 the podcast has grown to OVER 51,000 downloads worldwide.

    The Intermission  an update from Robbie  

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    Until next time, remember 
    The struggle is real and so is success!



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    WORLD TOUR in Holland: FAS-PROJECT

    WORLD TOUR in Holland: FAS-PROJECT

    Welcome to Season 4, episode 22 of the FASD Family Life Podcast. This is the only show about FASD hosted by an FASD Specialist and parent with 30 years lived experience.  I am Robbie Seale, your host and mom to five incredible people; including three teens diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.  It is my passion to help families thrive.  To learn more about me and my work check out my website,  https://fasdfamilylife.ca/

    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) refers to a constellation of disorders resulting from prenatal exposure to alcohol; the manifestations include birth defects, developmental disabilities, and neurological and behavioral problems.

    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is a common disability impacting 1 in 20 people in the general population in the US, which is nearly 3 times more common than Autism.

    This week I am in the Netherlands where it is estimated that 2000 babies annually are born with FASD.

    I am speaking with Nienke Peters and Luke Schut to learn about an innovative photo book project that they have been involved in to raise awareness of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in Holland.

    Luke Schut is the Project coordinator of the FAS-project. Her background is in pedagogics. She came in contact with the FAS-project through her Masters program.  Luke says "I am the most inspired by all these parents and caregivers, and the warm and caring FASD community. Let’s keep sharing stories with each other to make FASD more visible."

    Nienke Peters is mother of 4 bio kids and grandmother of 4. Fostered 12 children with FASD and still fostering a boy with FASD and NAS. Met Allard de Witte in 2014 when he photographed one of our foster sons. Her family has been part of the Buddy Project of Witte Bos for over 4 years now.

    ‘Het Witte Bos’ is a non-profit organization, which initiates transmedia project on the cutting edge of journalism, art and society. The FAS-project started as a journalistic initiative, but eventually developed into a big multimedia awareness campaign, showing the potentially dangerous consequences of alcohol consumption during pregnancy. By storytelling, the project raises attention to a relatively unknown problem in a personal way. The FAS-project started in 2013 and launched with the book FAS-kinderen (Children with FAS).

    After this the fas-project continued under the name FAS2025. In the past years the project developed and gained a wider reach & more impact. FAS2025 tells the story of Isiah, Lorenzo, Marcella, Mila and Jasmijn, following their journey towards adulthood for ten years. Their stories are told by a collection of stories, portraits and mini-documentaries. To give children with FAS(D) a face, make FAS(D) less abstract and to tell what FAS(D) means to them and how it impacts their lives. The project also consists of expositions, books, a podcast, a college tour to inform future professionals about FAS, readings at professional organizations who (may) come in contact with FAS(D), and a buddy project in which children/youngsters with FAS(D) are matched to a buddy to have a nice time together.

    Link to purchase the book Children with FAS/Kinder mit FAS
    https://fasproject.nl/en/product/children-with-fasd/
    The English website: https://fasproject.nl/en


    Have a comment or question about the show, email me at fasdfamilylife@gmail.com


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    FASD World Tour in Canada with Dr Jaqueline Pei - The Power of Positive Relationships

    FASD World Tour in Canada with Dr Jaqueline Pei - The Power of Positive Relationships

    Welcome to Season 4, episode 21 of the FASD Family Life Podcast. This is the only show about FASD hosted by an FASD Specialist and parent with 30 years lived experience.  I am Robbie Seale, your host and mom to five incredible people; including three teens diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. As an FASD Specialist it is my passion to help families thrive.  To learn more about me and my work check out my website,  https://fasdfamilylife.ca/

    I started this podcast to be the friend I wished I had when my kids were young and to bring hope to weary parents. I wanted to share what I have learned working in residential treatment and raising my own children impacted by trauma and prenatal alcohol exposure. I pour my heart and soul into the production of the FASD Family Life podcast. All that hard work is paying off! Since 2021 the podcast has grown to OVER 46,000 downloads worldwide.

    Consider becoming a monthly sponsor. Your gift of $20 per month would enable me to keep sharing HOPE and teach the SKILLS needed to reduce stress and improve lives for people with FASD and the families who love them.  Click here to Support the show

    My FASD world tour continues. This week I am back in Canada where I am speaking with Dr Jacqueline Pei about the profound impact of relationships on the lives of our loved ones with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.  Dr Jacqueline Pei (R. Psych., PhD) is a Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta. Also a practicing Registered Psychologist for the past eighteen years, Dr. Pei began her career as a criminologist and forensic counselor working with incarcerated youth. Motivated by this early work, she returned to academia to study youth at risk, child development, and neuropsychology. Her current focus includes identification and evaluation of interventions to support healthy outcomes for youth put at risk, and in particular individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Pei has over 75 peer reviewed publications, but places the greatest value on her work with various community and government agencies. To this end, Dr. Pei currently leads the Intervention Network Action Team (iNAT), and is Senior Research Lead for the Canada FASD Research Network, roles that facilitates the link between research, policy, and practice.

     

    Questions or comments about this or other episodes of the FASD Family Life Podcast, email: fasdfamilylife@gmail.com


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    FASD World Tour: New Zealand Research on Caregiver Stress and Resilience

    FASD World Tour: New Zealand Research on Caregiver Stress and Resilience

    FASD is a significant global health issue that needs attention which is why I decided to go on a WORLD TOUR to highlight the issue of FASD around the world as well as the tremendous work being done to re-educate society of the risks of consuming alcohol during pregnancy, to advocate for systemic changes that would recognize FASD as a permanent disability, and provide support for individuals, and their families, impacted by prenatal alcohol exposure.

    Kia Ora and welcome to the FASD Family Life Podcast. This is the only show about FASD hosted by an FASD Specialist and parent with 30 years lived experience.  I am Robbie Seale, your host and mom to five incredible people; including three teens diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. As an FASD Specialist it is my passion to help families thrive.  To learn more about me and my work check out my website,  https://fasdfamilylife.ca/

    I started this podcast to be the friend I wished I had when my kids were young and to bring hope to weary parents. I wanted to share what I have learned working in residential treatment and raising my own children impacted by trauma and prenatal alcohol exposure. I pour my heart and soul into the production of the FASD Family Life podcast. All that hard work is paying off! Since 2021 the podcast has grown to OVER 45,000 downloads worldwide.

    I need your help to keep going and growing. Consider becoming a monthly sponsor. Your gift of $20 per month (or $5 per week)  would enable me to keep sharing HOPE and teach the SKILLS needed to reduce stress and improve lives for people with FASD and the families who love them.  Click here to Support the show

    This week the FASD World Tour continues in New Zealand as I stop by to have a  conversation with Dr. Anita Gibbs about her research that examines the FASD Caregiver experience and the impact on the social, emotional, physical, and spiritual health of the caregiver.  Anita is a professor, social worker, and a parent of two boys with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, so she knows first-hand that the struggle is real and so is success. 
    Do you have a topic suggestion or a question? Write to me at fasdfamilylife@gmail.com
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    FASD World Tour in Atlantic Canada - Acceptance & Commitment Therapy for Caregivers

    FASD World Tour in Atlantic Canada - Acceptance & Commitment Therapy for Caregivers

    Welcome to Season 4, episode 19 of the FASD Family Life Podcast. This is the only show about FASD hosted by an FASD Specialist and parent with 30 years lived experience.  I am Robbie Seale, your host and mom to five incredible people; including three teens diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. As an FASD Specialist it is my passion to help families thrive.  To learn more about me and my work check out my website,  https://fasdfamilylife.ca/

    I started this podcast to be the friend I wished I had when my kids were young and to bring hope to weary parents. I wanted to share what I have learned working in residential treatment and raising my own children impacted by trauma and prenatal alcohol exposure. I pour my heart and soul into the production of the FASD Family Life podcast. All that hard work is paying off! Since 2021 the podcast has grown to OVER 47,000 downloads worldwide.

    My FASD world tour continues. This week I am back in Canada where I am speaking with Melissa Arseneau, Licensed Psychologist, and Monette Saulnier,  Wellness Mentor, R.M.T., YTT 300.

    Melissa is the owner and lead psychologist at Balance Psychology Clinic in Fredericton NB. Since opening the clinic in 2015,  it has evolved into a multi-disciplinary practice offering comprehensive mental health services including FASD assessments and support.

    Throughout her career, Monette has worked with  youth in many capacities. As a wellness mentor in the public school system, Monette is dedicated to providing learning opportunities in a safe environment. In recent years, she has applied her extensive experience working with youth to be able to work  with parents, caregivers, and other adults through ACTing Mindfully training and yoga.

    Somatic approaches have played a key part in creating balance in Monette’s life, especially after experiencing injuries in the spinal column. 

    Monette aspires to keep learning and share self care strategies with others.

     Throughout the year, Melissa and Monnet offer Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, they call ACTing Mindfully, in different formats to meet various needs and schedules.

    I was so excited to learn about their ACTing Mindfully sessions that are starting this Saturday that  I dropped this episode early to let you know about it too. This 3-week online version of ACTing Mindfully starts Feb 18th from 9:00 am to 11:00 am EST and it is available to you no matter where in the world you are. To register email admin@balanceclinic.ca

    To learn more go to their webpage  https://www.facebook.com/BalancePsychologyClinic


    Questions or comments about this or other episodes of the FASD Family Life Podcast, email: fasdfamilylife@gmail.com 
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18 Ratings

roniw3 ,

Love this podcast

I just started listening to these podcasts and as a parent of a child with FASD, I’m so appreciative of the practical information. Thank you so much!

amanda_on_thelake ,

Clear, factual, and concise!

Listening to my first episode- appreciating the shorter duration podcast and the clear descriptions!

ChristineF07 ,

A valuable listen

Robbie presents FASD facts and strategies in an accessible way that listeners from all backgrounds can relate with. I’m so glad I’ve found this resource!!

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