This site introduces the neurobehavioural difficulties that may appear throughout the lifespan of individuals with FASD. It is important to recognize that, being a spectrum disorder, FASD can look different for different individuals. Not all individuals with FASD will experience all of the issues presented here. However, this site summarizes the common neurobehavioural features of FASD found in current research. The problems presented on this site are not necessarily gender-specific.
Caregiver burnout is a state of stress and fatigue resulting from caring for an individual, or individuals, for an extended period of time. Caregiver burnout is caused by the increased and sustained levels of stress from caring for an individual without the proper supports in place.
Signs of caregiver burnout:
- Loss of interest or motivation to care for the individual
- Withdrawal from other loved ones
- Feeling irritable, hopeless, or helpless
- Change in appetite and/or sleeping patterns
- Wanting to injure yourself and/or the person being cared for
Interventions for caregivers, support groups, and short periods of rest can help improve caregivers well being and reduce their chance of burnout. In order to reduce stress, the developmental needs of the person they are caring for and provide the appropriate supports. . Aditionally, supporting the development of structure and routine can help ease the day to day difficulties. Finally, the support team can promote kindness, compassion, patience, and self-care for the caregiver(s), to help them to remain healthy physically, mentally, and emotionally.