FASD Awareness Month
- Create a visual diary of a day in the life of someone with FASD
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Diaries are things that people with FASD can find useful. They can help them to understand what happens, they can help to unpack how they feel, and, in the future, they might be fun to look back on.
We are inviting people to create a visual, photo or video diary of a day in the life of someone with FASD.
With the young person decide what you want to record. It could be: –
- Drawings of what they did that day, or what they enjoyed most
- Photos taken on the hour every hour that you can add a caption to
- Photos or videos taken of the significant things a young person does during the day
- Photos of the meals that they eat
- A video just explaining things that they love and helped them during the day like Jody, Josh and Andy have done
- Or your young person’s hopes & wishes
Please have a think about what you would like to record. Is it going to be everything on a day, the good and the not so good or just the positive things that are happening?
Whatever you do we would love to see your finished diaries so if you have something to share, please send it to hello@FASD.me
For some people creating a diary for a day or a video might be too much, so we have also created some different resources to help people with FASD track how things are going. Please visit the coping resources page. Here you will find some sheets that people with FASD have told us helps them.
Please use any you choose, but we would like to suggest: –
- The emotion thermometer – all emotions are valid, we all get angry, that isn’t wrong. It’s about what happens when we are emotional. This allows people with FASD to investigate their own emotions and helps them to understand how to try to regulate.
- What’s happening – A simple drawing exercise that helps people with FASD to see what they are like when they are struggling as well as what they are like when they are calmer and having fun.
- Angry to happy – This uses emojis to track a pathway from a person with FASD angry and feeling sad to feeling happy and helps they plan steps to regulating and changing
- The emotions tracker – This is a chart that can help you to track emotions over a month, so it’s a longer timescale. Is there a pattern in emotions? If there is can something change to change the pattern?
- Where are you today – This is a simple drawing exercise again that allows someone with FASD to weigh up how they are feeling by deciding whether they are at the top of a mountain or down in a valley. It is just a way into talking about feelings
- What makes me ME? – Another photo or drawing exercise that gives a different spin on the diary. Rather than recording what is happening through the day someone with FASD can think about what makes them special.
Whatever you decide to do have a great day!