FASD Guided Growth

Guided Growth incorporates the latest research-based information into a guide designed for teachers, parents, physicians, psychologists – for anyone who works with children. The authors ask the reader to consider the child affected by prenatal substance exposure or early trauma and shift perceptions – from seeing the child as one who is willfully disobedient to one whose central nervous system may have been affected by conditions that were beyond his or her control. Ultimately, Guided Growth relies on a key lesson learned from neuroscience: if we are to influence the hearts and behaviors of others, we must do so by using the tools of caring and compassion; in this way we can remain open to the needs of those around us who are suffering from the deepest hurts. Whether those hurts are in our children, the adults in our childrenʻs lives, or in ourselves, they are rooted in our deepest needs to feel that we are understood, that we are felt, and that our lives matter. A childʻs hurts can only be healed through interaction with a loving and caring adult. Guided Growth knows that it is within your capacity to be the one