If a family member or friend has FASD
Living with someone who has a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) can be really hard.
“I know she can’t help it, but I hate it when my sister acts out.”
If someone in your family has FASD,
you might be feeling:
- left out or forgotten (for example, because your family member takes up so much of everyone’s time)
- angry (for example, because your family member might wreck your things)
- sad or “down”
- frustrated (for example, because it’s difficult to talk to your family member)
- embarrassed (for example, because other people don’t understand)
- afraid (for example, because you might not want to bring friends home)
All of these feelings are normal and OK. It doesn’t mean that you’re a bad brother or sister, it just means that FASD is tough to deal with.
To stay strong, try to remember that while kids with FASD need a lot of attention, you matter too! It can help to talk about it with someone who understands. You can always call us at Kids Help Phone (1-800-668-6868) – we’re here to help.
My sibling has a Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder