Mayhem and Stardust

We are the proud parents of, amongst others, Jig, who has a handsome collection of diagnoses (ADHD, AD, FASD) which probably mean nothing and a generous smattering of fairy dust which probably counts for everything. School was a huge challenge and so we decided, probably rashly, to move to the country and home educate him. No medication, no 'support', chickens, space, a farm on the doorstep and a beach nearby. What could possibly go wrong?

Rare Break in the Clouds

It is taken for granted that FASD is incurable, that there is nothing that can be done and that all plans for the future are damage limitation and creative mitigation.  However, the choices we make for Jiggy are all based on the hitherto unproven hope that we can make a difference.  I read article after article and case after case about how badly children with FASD do and each one chips away a little at my confidence.  Then, occasionally, we get more research that says that there is hope after all.

South African research points again to the importance of nutritional supplements and very early intervention.  It says that a good post natal environment and a stable first seven years might minimise negative impacts of alcohol exposure.


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