FASD Informed

An Introduction to the Brain Based Approach- An Interview with Adrienne Bashista - Episode 7

July 6, 2020

Welcome to the seventh episode of "FASD Informed", sponsored and produced by the North Carolina nonprofit organization, NCFASD Informed. This episode is titled "An Introduction to the Brain Based Approach". Podcast host, Natalie Vecchione, interviews Adrienne Bashista, who is the co-founder and training director of FAFASD, Families Affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Adrienne received her FASD training from Diane Malbin, author of the book "Trying Differently Rather Than Harder" and founder of FASCETS. Adrienne spends part of her time educating people about FASD and part of her time running her small flower farm and floral design studio. She has a BA from Bates College, an MSLS from UNC- Chapel Hill and worked as a teacher and as a school librarian for many years. Adrienne's younger son has an FASD and Adrienne lives in Western Massachusetts with her family.

FAFASD provides training to parents and professionals in the Brain Based Approach with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and other Neurobehavioral Diagnoses. 

Topics covered in today's episode include:

-  The journey of Adrienne's family, the road that led to her son's FASD diagnosis and how Adrienne first learned about the Brain Based Approach with FASD.

-  What led Adrienne to going from a parent of a child with an FASD to becoming an advocate and educator in the FASD Community.

-  The importance of understanding that FASD is a Developmental Disability and Developmental Age versus Chronological Age.

-  Shifting from "trying to fix" an individual with an FASD to "accommodating and supporting" an individual with an FASD.

-  What is the Brain Based Approach in working with individuals with an FASD?

-  What are primary characteristics of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders? 

-  What role do primary characteristics play in the Brain Based Approach in working with individuals with an FASD or other Neurobehavioral Diagnoses.

- The importance of "Understand and Accommodate" versus "Correct and Fix".



Families Affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FAFASD) 


Adrienne Bashista, Co-Founder and Training Director

FAFASD is also on Facebook as F.A.F.A.S.D 

"Shifting the paradigm: towards a neuro-behavioral approach to FASD" Facebook Group

"Trying Differently Rather Than Harder" by Diane Malbin

FASCETS (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Consultation, Education and Training Services)


NCFASD Informed-


Podcast Host: Natalie Vecchione









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