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MORE THAN FASD: A Whole Child Approach

May 9, 2015 @ 10:30 am - 2:00 pm


When parents discover their child has an FASD, they often receive well intended, but limited advice on “what to do.”  FASD is complex and requires a more in-depth, multidimensional approach that maps out the “whole child” rather than focusing only on FASD. Most children with an FASD are experiencing the effects of sensory integration issues, trauma, attachment, adoption, or multiple foster care placements.  Learn a simple process to understand FASD from a whole child concept; how some of the common issues such as sensory and trauma over-ride the symptoms of FASD and must be treated.  Learn how to avoid reacting to annoying behaviors and improve your relationship with your child(ren). Plus, learn the symptoms of caregiver burnout and trauma; the essentials of self-care; and when to consult with a professional in order to keep mentally fit.


Jeanne Ketola, MA, LPC is a mental health clinician at St. David’s Center for Child and Family Development.  She is a parent of three adopted children who were exposed prenatally to alcohol. She has navigated the world of FASD for over 15 years as a parent, professional and national advocate. Jeanne has experienced the frustration and ineffectiveness of a one-sided approach to FASD in all areas including therapeutic settings, schools, social and criminal justice systems. She has conducted research on Equine Assisted Therapy and Children with an FASD; she is certified in Families Moving Forward which is a scientifically based program for parents of children with an FASD; she received the Permanency and Adoption Competency Certification from the University of Minnesota, and is currently assessing the improvement of adaptive functioning in children with an FASD who receive a multidimensional therapeutic approach.


May 9, 2015
10:30 am - 2:00 pm


Coon Rapids Middle School
11600 Raven Street NW
Coon Rapids, MN United States
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