FASD Awareness Month
National FASD is releasing daily actions that you can do to help spread FASD Awareness this month.
Read something together with someone with FASD for National Read A Book Day
Or share your favourite FASD book and tell us why
Or thank an author of a book about FASD
Today’s Hashtags: #NationalReadABookDay #FASDComic #FASDRead #FASDMonthUK #MeAndMyFASD
Today is National Read a Book Day!
Reading is important. Most people read every day without even thinking about it. You are doing it now!
It is a skill that most people learn when they are very young and one that stays with us all our lives.
Most importantly we want you to enjoy this action point. Different people have different reading skills. Some can read loads, others not so much. Some like things read to them. It doesn’t matter.
First, find yourself a nice quiet space. You might even make your own comfy corner with cushions and blankets; it could be in a garden or park, or it might be just your favorite chair.
Pick a time when your world is calm. Its no-good trying to read when there are other things going on in your brain that make reading harder.
Choose something to read that you will find interesting, but don’t pick too much to read. It could be a book, but it can be anything – a leaflet, something online. Whatever works.
You can read anything, but it could be about FASD.
We believe that when people with FASD find out information about FASD and how it affects them then they often feel better about everything.
Remember knowledge empowers someone with FASD
There are lots of different types of books about FASD. Some have been written by people with FASD or their families and friends. Some are for professionals and doctors to help them learn about FASD. Today we celebrate all who write these books to help others learn.
- If you would like to read a book about FASD, My Brain, Me and FASD is for young people with FASD. You can print it from here.
- If you would like to use an interactive comic that lets you learn about FASD and make personal information sheets to share with other people (in School and in clubs) then you can start here.
- We can’t list all the great books out there but one that is really helpful for parents and carers is Diane Malbin’s book about the neurobehavioural approach to supporting people with FASD. It’s called Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Trying Differently Rather than Harder.
- There’s a new UK book for practitioners co-edited by Prof Raja Mukherjee and Dr Neil Aiton, “Prevention, Recognition and Management of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders“
- Another recent UK book is “Layla’s Life, My Words: An insight into the world of a child with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder” by her mum Shushma Jain.
There are lots of ways to get input from books. If reading isn’t your favourite, check out videos from Raja and Neil’s FASD Book Club videos and the easy access summaries for the first sessions here.
Whatever you do for our reading call to action, we hope you enjoy it!
LET'S LIGHT UP SOCIAL MEDIA WITH YOUR FAVOURITE FASD READS
Let’s light up twitter and social media with suggestions for FASD reading!
National FASD social media tags:
Facebook: @National FASD
Be sure to use the hashtags #NationalReadABookDay #FASDComic #FASDRead #FASDMonthUK #MeAndMyFASD