Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Reflection 1

After reading the information provided, I have to say that I am impressed with the work they are doing in the Yukon, Canada. I would like to see more places take the approach that Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders are a community problem. So many times you see people want to point fingers rather than find solutions and they seem to be finding solutions in Whitehorse.

One of the things I found interesting and have never heard of is Compassion Fatigue. I wonder how many people who work with children considered to be part of the "Special Education system" have. How many teachers, counselors and others have we lost due to Compassion fatigue. So many people like to say they leave it at work and don't let it get to them. How can you not let it get to you? Most people who go into fields of teacher, counselor, therapist, and pastor do so because they care and want to make a difference. We need to make sure that anyone who is susceptible to Compassion Fatigue is educated and given the tools to work through it. This way we can move forward and keep those experienced workers.

Isn't it amazing how we (people in general) think we have become more educated through the centuries; but when it comes to the consequence's of drinking and pregnancy, that is not true. As it states in our reading we were warned about alcohol and pregnancy long ago and some how during our "advancement" we forgot. By forgetting this we have caused innocent children/people to suffer in many ways. As we take the time to learn how to help those who have been affected by FASD hopefully we all stand up and take responsibility. Not because we are guilty or want to place blame but because "it takes the whole village/community to raise a child", and don't we all want to see our children succeed.

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