FASD Hope
59 - We Wrote a Book! Blazing New Homeschool Trails by Natalie Vecchione and Cindy LaJoy

59 - We Wrote a Book! Blazing New Homeschool Trails by Natalie Vecchione and Cindy LaJoy

June 8, 2021

FASD Hope is a podcast series about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), from the lens of parent advocates with over eighteen years of lived experience.

 

Episode 59 is affectionately titled "We Wrote A Book!" Natalie Vecchione (podcast host) and Cindy LaJoy (mom of 5, founder of Blue Collar Homeschool and Buckaroos Slices and Scoops) co-authored a new book titled "Blazing New Homeschool Trails: Educating and Launching Teens with Developmental Disabilities". Natalie and Cindy share their new adventure about their book and how it came to fruition.  Natalie and Cindy are both homeschool moms. Years ago, they realized that their teens with FASD needed an alternative homeschool, high school path in order for their teens to have a meaningful future. Within their respective families, Natalie and Cindy each battled confusion, isolation and uncertainty. However, they turned their desperation into inspiration! Through entrepreneurship and old-fashioned apprenticeship, Natalie and Cindy prepared their teens with FASD to move forward with hope and a set of life / job skills. Natalie and Cindy have joined together to write the book that THEY wish they had to guide them during those frightening and lonely moments!  

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths." - Proverbs 3:5-6

 

EPISODE RESOURCES -

"Blazing New Homeschool Trails: Educating and Launching Teens with Developmental Disabilities" by Natalie Vecchione and Cindy LaJoy

https://www.amazon.com/Blazing-New-Homeschool-Trails-Developmental/dp/B096LYJCJW/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3CI7ZHYJ5I7O4&dchild=1&keywords=blazing+new+homeschool+trails+book&qid=1622948692&sprefix=blazing+new+homeschool+trails%2Caps%2C181&sr=8-1

 

Blazing New Homeschool Trails Website -

https://blazingnewhomeschooltrails.com/

 

Cindy LaJoy -

Blue Collar Homeschool -  https://www.bluecollarhomeschool.com/

Buckaroos Slices and Scoops - https://www.buckaroosmontrose.com/

Facebook - Buckaroos Slices and Scoops - https://www.facebook.com/BuckaroosPizza

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/buckaroosslicesandscoops/

 

FASD Hope -

https://www.fasdhope.com/

natalie@fasdhope.com

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/fasdhope/

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/fasdhope1

LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/natalie-vecchione-17212160/

Clubhouse - @natalievecc

 

 

 

 

58 - Orphans No More - A Conversation with Sandra Flach

58 - Orphans No More - A Conversation with Sandra Flach

June 1, 2021

FASD Hope is a podcast series about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), from the lens of parent advocates with over eighteen years of lived experience.

 

Episode 58 shines a light on returning guest, Sandra Flach,  and her new book "Orphans No More: A Journey Back to the Father". Sandra Flach is a mom of 8 children, 5 through adoption and 2 who are diagnosed with a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). She encourages and equips foster and adoptive moms through her weekly "Orphans No More" podcast. Sandra is the co-founder of Justice for Orphans and serves as the Area Director for Care Portal. Sandra and her husband Wayne have been married for 34 years. They reside in upstate New York, where they love to spend time with their 5 precious  grandchildren.

 

In this SPIRIT-FILLED episode, Sandra and Natalie discuss the following: an update of what Sandra has been doing with JFO, her newly-released book "Orphans No More: A Journey Back to the Father", how she wrote and the inspiration for her book and her words of hope to families of children with FASD / families in hard places.

 

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the Heavenly places in Christ, just as HE chose us in Him before the foundation of the worlds, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will." 

- Ephesians 1:3-5

 

EPISODE RESOURCES - 

Sandra Flach - https://www.sandraflach.com/

Sandra Flach's New Book "Orphans No More: A Journey Back to the Father"

https://www.amazon.com/Orphans-No-More-Journey-Father-ebook/dp/B095QFN7X7/ref=sr_1_3?crid=E4UWS4TCFMZY&dchild=1&keywords=orphans+no+more&qid=1622412192&s=books&sprefix=orphans+no+more%2Caps%2C190&sr=1-3

Justice for Orphans -   https://www.justicefororphansny.org/

The "Orphans No More" Podcast is available anywhere you find your podcasts.

 

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/justicefororphans/

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/JusticeForOrphans

 

FASD Hope 

https://www.fasdhope.com/

natalie@fasdhope.com

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/fasdhope/

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/fasdhope1

LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/natalie-vecchione-17212160/

Pinterest - https://www.pinterest.com/fasdhope1/

Clubhouse - @natalievecc

57 - A Conversation with Hawaii FASD Action Group

57 - A Conversation with Hawaii FASD Action Group

May 25, 2021

FASD Hope is a podcast about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), through the lens of parent advocates with over eighteen years of lived experience.

 

Episode 57 shines a light on the work of the Hawaii FASD Action Group. The Hawaii FASD Action Group was founded in 2014 by Dr. Ann Yabusaki, a psychologist and family therapist. During her 15+ years as a family therapist for Hawaii's Juvenile Drug Court, she encountered increasing numbers of youth and families affected by FASD who did not respond to evidence - based practices. In 2004, she attended a SAMHSA seminar, learned about FASD and she finally understood her clients. She consulted with other providers who shared similar observations and families with children affected by FASD, discovered the gaps in knowledge and FASD informed services in Hawaii and founded the all-volunteer Hawaii FASD Action Group. The Action Group focused on FASD education and awareness through presentations to agencies funded by Hawaii's Departments of Health, Education, Judiciary, Human Services and Public Safety. The Action Group sponsored statewide FASD Conferences in 2017 and 2019 and worked with legislators to craft several bills on FASD awareness and FASD informed services. Through these efforts, the State of Hawaii's Statutes now recognizes FASD. In 2020, the Hawaii FASD Action Group became a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization. Currently, the Hawaii FASD Action Group works towards building capacity and infrastructure to continue their mission of creating research, awareness and FASD informed services via their all-volunteer Board of Directors and Action Group.

 

Jeremy and Terra Daniel live on the North Shore of Oahu and they have been married for 22 years. They have 4 children and a service dog, Pineapple. Jeremy holds a degree in Sociology and Terra holds a degree in Organizational Communication. Their family entered the world of FASD after their second daughter was born in 2004 and diagnosed in 2005. Since then, they have been actively involved on the state level, in both Hawaii and Utah, in helping to raise awareness about FASD while searching for ways to help their daughter succeed in a world where little or no services exist. They formed the HOAPILI Group, which is a an organization that hosts monthly parties specifically for individuals with special needs. It is a place where everyone belongs. 

 

Cleo Brown is the Principal Consultant and Community Advocate of Hawaii FASD Action Group. Before leaving her mark on America's most successful online bank, Cleo acquired deep experience in multi-national financial service groups in executive posts, at Custom House, Thomas Cook and Deak International. Cleo have been married for 54 years to Carl Brown, Retired HPD and they are the proud parents of four adult children and seven grandchildren.

In this FABULOUS episode, the Hawaii FASD Action discusses the following topics: how Hawaii FASD Action Group started, how Hawaii FASD Action Group has grown, the supports / services / trainings offered by Hawaii FASD Action Group, the Hoapili Program, plans / goals for 2021 and words of hope.

 

EPISODE RESOURCES -

https://hawaiifasd.org/

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/hawaiifasd/

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/hawaiifasd/

 

FASD Hope -

https://www.fasdhope.com/

natalie@fasdhope.com

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/fasdhope1

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/fasdhope

Pinterest - https://www.pinterest.com/fasdhope1

LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/natalie-vecchione-17212160/

Clubhouse - @natalievecc

 

56 - Hope in the Solutions: A Conversation with Ashley DePaso

56 - Hope in the Solutions: A Conversation with Ashley DePaso

May 21, 2021

FASD Hope is a podcast about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), through the lens of parent advocates with over eighteen years of lived experience.

 

Episode 56 features Ashely DePaso, founder of DePaso Solutions.  Ashley has a degree in Social Work and over 10 years in the services field- from child welfare to helping with mental health and developmental disabilities. DePaso Solutions provides solutions to some of the major issues that people encounter in their daily work, such as leadership development, effective communication, organizations, training, education and fostering diversity. Ashley understands that the biggest barriers for families in the foster care system are lack of communication and lack of knowledge. Due to her professional experience in working Child Welfare, Ashley also serves as a consultant and mentor in being a bridge for foster care families and families in the child welfare system. DePaso solutions can offer help in bridging the gap between family and agency.  Ashley truly wants to be a part of the solution in helping systemic change and positive support for families involved in foster care / the child welfare system.  One of the many reasons she founded DePaso Solutions was to offer services to a variety of organizations, businesses and especially families.

 

EPISODE RESOURCES -

Ashley DePaso, Founder of DePaso Solutions

www.DePasoSolutions.com

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/depasosolutions/

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/depasosolutions

LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/depasosolutions/

 

FASD Hope -

https://www.fasdhope.com

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/fasdhope/

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/fasdhope1/

Pinterest- https://www.pinterest.com/fasdhope1/

LinkedIn- https://www.linkedin.com/in/natalie-vecchione-17212160/

Clubhouse - @natalievecc

 

55 - A Big Brother Speaks / FASD Across America: A Conversation with Emmaus Holder

55 - A Big Brother Speaks / FASD Across America: A Conversation with Emmaus Holder

May 18, 2021

FASD Hope is a podcast about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), through the lens of parent advocates with over eighteen years of lived experience. 

Episode 55 is a two part episode featuring Emmaus Holder. Emmaus Holder is a student at University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, where he is a Morehead-Cain Scholar. At UNC, he is a Sociology Major and a Music Minor. He is an alumni and a mentor of the program known as H.Y.P.E. or Helping Yourself with Pride Through Education, which is a step team focused on academic achievement, community engagement, mentorship and competitive dance. Emmaus is the oldest sibling of five, including two brothers with FASD. Emmaus is currently planning and embarking on a 4,000 mile cross-country bike trip titled "FASD Across America". Through this adventure, Emmaus will be interviewing family members and caregivers of individuals with FASD to give them the opportunity to share their stories and understand ways in which the FASD community can be better aided and supported.

Part 1 explores Emmaus journey and experiences as being the big brother of two younger brothers with FASD.  He shares his family's journey, lessons learned and advice to parents and other siblings of those individuals with an FASD. In Part 2, Emmaus shares his hopes, goals and plans for his cross-country bike journey "FASD Across America".

 

EPISODE RESOURCES -

Emmaus Holder - (you can contact Emmaus through natalie@fasdhope.com)

Emmaus Holder - https://www.instagram.com/emmaus_holder/

 

FASD Hope -

https://www.fasdhope.com/

Natalie Vecchione (Podcast Host) - natalie@fasdhope.com

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/fasdhope/

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/fasdhope1

Pinterest - https://www.pinterest.com/fasdhope1/

Clubhouse - @natalievecc

 

54 - A Heart for Advocacy: A Conversation with Jessica Belle

54 - A Heart for Advocacy: A Conversation with Jessica Belle

May 14, 2021

FASD Hope is podcast about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), through the lens of parent advocates with over eighteen years of lived experience.

 

Episode 54 shines a spotlight on Jessica Belle. Jessica is a podcast host, youth advocate, CASA, entrepreneur, Ministry School graduate and teacher in Kansas City, MO. Jessica began her career in youth advocacy almost ten years ago in Los Angeles. Her experience as a mentor has opened the door to allow her to speak up for the youth and communities who have been muted. Jessica has been able to speak, host events and connect with people from all walks of life and to encourage them via blogging, public speaking and her podcast..."Unmute Your Mic"!

 

In this SPIRIT-FILLED conversation, Jessica talks about the following topics: her professional background, what led her to advocacy, her current work, her "A-Ha!" moment when first learning about FASD, how children need more supports (and teachers need more awareness, training and supports) in FASD, the role of her faith in her advocacy, her podcast "Unmute Your Mic" and her words of hope and encouragement for families, caregivers and those in the FASD community.

"But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you."' -Matthew 6:33

 

EPISODE RESOURCES-

Jessica Belle- Unmute Your Mic 

https://www.unmuteyourmic.org/

Unmute Your Mic on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQD97kiZH_L4Pn24xuFFXqQ

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/unmute_your_mic/

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Everystorymatters25

 

FASD Hope -

https://www.fasdhope.com/

natalie@fasdhope.com

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/fasdhope/

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/fasdhope1

Pinterest - https://www.pinterest.com/fasdhope1/

Clubhouse - @natalievecc

 

 

53 - Five Thoughts About Foster Care: The Mom and Dadcast

53 - Five Thoughts About Foster Care: The Mom and Dadcast

May 11, 2021

FASD Hope is a podcast about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), through the lens of parent advocates with over eighteen years of lived experience.

 

Aubrey and Nelson Page are a married couple who are active military personnel, entrepreneurs, advocates and foster / adoptive parents. Aubrey is an FASD educator, disability advocate and a parent mentor. Together, Aubrey and Nelson founded "The Change Starts Here Collaborative". The CSH Collab helps families and professionals working with individuals with brain-based disabilities to feel confident and supported by providing a library of resources and a sense of community so that they are empowered in supporting these individuals and advocating for their own needs.

Aubrey and Nelson share their Five Top Things they want you to know about Foster Care:

1.  The primary goal of foster care is reunification and helping the biological family through accommodations and supports. The main goal is PARENTING and supporting, not adoption.

2.  It is vital for foster care parents to participate in therapy, to address their own trauma issues.

3.  Listen to the stories of former foster youth, their feedback is valuable. 

4.  Educate yourself about trauma and diversity.

5.  Get respite!

 

EPISODE RESOURCES - 

The Change Starts Here Collaborative - https://www.thecshcollab.com/

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/thecshcollab/

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/thecshcollab

LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/aubreyppage/

Clubhouse - @aubreypagefasd

 

FASD Hope-

https://www.fasdhope.com/

natalie@fasdhope.com

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/fasdhope/

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/fasdhope1

LinkedIn- https://www.linkedin.com/in/natalie-vecchione-17212160/

Clubhouse - @natalievecc

52 - FASD Legislation Update: A Conversation with Susan Shepard Carlson and Jenn Wisdahl

52 - FASD Legislation Update: A Conversation with Susan Shepard Carlson and Jenn Wisdahl

May 4, 2021

FASD Hope is a podcast about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), through the lens of parent advocates with over eighteen years of lived experience. 

 

Episode 52 is an EXCITING FASD Legislation Update with Susan Shepard Carlson and Jenn Wisdahl! FASD Hope welcomes back Susan Shepard Carlson, Former First Lady of Minnesota and Chair of the NOFAS Legislative and Policy Committee. A first time guest to FASD Hope, Jenn Wisdahl is an FASD Parent Advocate and NOFAS Policy and Training Center Coordinator. Together, Susan and Jenn provide an update on the National FASD Legislation, "The FASD Respect Act".

 

In this legislation update, Susan and Jenn discuss the following topics: updates since last legislation update episode (February 2021), how the legislation has developed into "The FASD Respect Act" , how this proposed legislation will benefit the FASD community, highlights of the bill, how LISTENERS can help and advocate in getting this CRITICAL legislation passed and words of encouragement for those living with FASD and their caregivers / families. 

 

EPISODE RESOURCES -

NOFAS - https://nofas.org/

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/nofas

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/nofas_usa/

 

Jenn Wisdahl - NOFAS Policy and Training Coordinator

wisdahl@nofas.org

Jenn Wisdahl- 202-601-2530

https://nofas.org/policy-and-training-center/

"The FASD Respect Act" 

FASD Respect Act Champions Facebook Group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/459616135300282

 

FASD Hope - 

https://www.fasdhope.com/

natalie@fasdhope.com

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/fasdhope/

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/fasdhope1

Pinterest - https://www.pinterest.com/fasdhope1/

Clubhouse - @natalievecc

 

 

 

 

51 - Finding the Right Specialist: A Conversation with Gene Carroccia, Psy.D.

51 - Finding the Right Specialist: A Conversation with Gene Carroccia, Psy.D.

April 30, 2021

FASD Hope is a podcast about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), through the lens of parent advocates with over eighteen years of lived experience.

 

Gene Carroccia, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and a two-time author, who has extensive experience working with individuals with ADHD, neurodiversity and trauma. Dr. Carroccia has previous experience working with children and teens in the foster care system. He earned his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, IL in 1998. In addition to his clinical experience and authoring two books. Dr. Carroccia works at a large nonprofit health care system as a vice president of behavioral health care services. He is also the founder of ADHDology.

In this episode, Dr. Carroccia shares a summary one of his most popular articles, which can be adapted for parents of children with ANY type of neurodiversity or developmental disability... "Five Steps in Finding the Right Specialist". 

During this episode, Dr. Carroccia has an in-depth explanation  of the 5 steps (as outlined in his article).

Those steps are:

1.  Determine the type of provider(s) you need

2.  Find potential providers

3.  Call providers to explore if they may be the right one for you

4.  At the first session, review your goals and needs

5.  If you don't find a good match after starting services,

repeat Steps 2 and 3.

 

Dr. Carroccia provides helpful tips in beginning or re-starting the search for doctors, specialists, therapists, educational coaches and professionals.  He also shares how the shift to telehealth services, as a result of COVID19, is a game changer in getting increased accessibility for parents and caregivers when getting an appropriate diagnoses, consultations or services. Finally, Dr. Carroccia gives words of encouragement and hope for weary parents and caregivers.

 

EPISODE RESOURCES:

Dr. Gene Carroccia - https://adhdology.com/

 

FASD Hope-

https://www.fasdhope.com/

natalie@fasdhope.com

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/fasdhope/

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/fasdhope1

Pinterest - https://www.pinterest.com/fasdhope1/

Clubhouse - @natalievecc

 

 

 

50 - Our 50th Episode with John and Natalie Vecchione

50 - Our 50th Episode with John and Natalie Vecchione

April 27, 2021

FASD Hope is a podcast about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), through the lens of parent advocates with over 18 years of lived experience.

 

This is FASD Hope's 50th Episode! John and Natalie Vecchione share their amazing journey of FASD Hope since it began October 1st, 2020. Listen to John and Natalie reflect about FASD Hope, what they've learned and how FASD Hope is growing in new ways. 

 

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."   -Joshua 1:9

 

FASD Hope-

https://www.fasdhope.com/

info@fasdhope.com

natalie@fasdhope.com

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/fasdhope/

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/fasdhope1

Pinterest - https://www.pinterest.com/fasdhope1/

Clubhouse - @natalievecc

 

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