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Parenting Kids with Prenatal Exposure (Part 2): Transitioning Into Adolescence and Adulthood

The impact of prenatal exposures to alcohol and drugs is not something that kids outgrow and the transition into adolescence and adulthood can be particularly tricky. We talk about this transition with Kathy Hotelling, a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and is the co-founder of She is also the mother of a 27-year-old with FASD.

In this episode, we cover:

  • Tell us a bit about your story as the mother of a child with FASD.
  • Does the impact and symptoms of prenatal exposure to alcohol change as the child ages?
  • Are the impacts different depending on whether the child has been exposed prenatally to alcohol or other drugs, such as opiates, methamphetamines, marijuana, etc?
  • We talk about the primary impacts of FASD and prenatal drug exposure and the secondary impacts? Give us some examples?
  • How can parents help prevent some of the secondary impacts?
  • How does puberty impact children with prenatal exposure?
  • How does your parenting need to change as your prenatally exposed child reaches adolescence and adulthood?
  • How to prepare your child to launch into adulthood?
  • What resources are available to help parents navigate this journey?
  • Often times adoptive, foster, and kinship parents do not know for certainty that their child was exposed prenatally to alcohol and drugs. How should they proceed?
  • Is it important to have your child officially diagnosed with FASD?
  • How do you get your child diagnosed?
  • What is the Registry of Unmet Needs or the Medicaid Waiver list and how do you get your child on this registry or list?
  • FASD Respect Act– how can people advocate?

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Music Credit: Michael Ashworth

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