For immediate release
30 March 2021 (London) – The National Organisation for FASD is pleased to launch an all-new resource to help young people with FASD break down situations, explore strategies that help and focus on their strengths.
The Break it Down Board was developed at the urging of Susan McGrail, a member of our Experts Committee and a leader of FASD Greater Manchester (a sister organisation in the FASD UK Alliance). Susan came up with the idea after her son came home from school and had a meltdown after a particularly hard day. She wished she had a visual board to help her son walk through the incident and explore how things could be different next time.
She discussed the need for such a product with Neale Hayward-Shott of OurBoards, a company that focuses on visuals for people with neurodiversities. Together they approached National FASD to collaborate on the project.
The name for the board came from Nyrene Cox, a member of our Adults and Young Adults with FASD Advisory Committee. She often urges people to “break it down” for her, when she is trying to learn new things or think through situations. Nyrene was thrilled to know her strategy has inspired a visual tool like this can help so many others.
OurBoards is a company founded and run by a dad of a neurodiverse woman. It creates many types of visual boards. This was their first specific for those with FASD.
Sandra Butcher, Chief Executive of National FASD said, “The team involved in creating this board has been exceptional. We love that it grew out of ideas shared by people with lived experience and we are especially appreciative of the collaboration with OurBoards. They were a sponsor of National FASD’s last Brain Base and have been supportive our organisation in many ways. We were impressed at how quickly they scaled up once we had the talented artwork done by James Craker of www.crackerjac.com. Everything about this project has been exciting and a joy. We hope it helps people with FASD break down good times, to see why they worked and also to think through the not-so-good times to see if things can change moving forward once they have some new strategies in place, based on their strengths.”
This board is created as part of National FASD’s partnership with Seashell, funded by the Department of Health and Social Care.
It’s part of a new Me and My FASD Toolkit that is the basis for our 3-day training for practitioners to help them work with young people with FASD to help them understand and own the diagnosis.
It was developed with input from our experts committee and the Adults and Young Adults with FASD Advisory Committee.