Author Archives: Jodee Kulp

When I was young I met an old woman who was working under a car with a wrench. She heard my steps and slid out on her dolly to greet. I was surprised by how she looked, she was a joyfully aged person in overalls and a bit of car grease. Her wrinkles shouted happy. […]

Tips from the trenches for parents living with the challenges of a child diagnosed with FASD –  PART ONE By Jodee Kulp After thirty years of living, loving and laughing with persons living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) the most sound advice I can give to foster, kinship and adoptive parents is “FIND TIME […]

There are people you cross life paths with you want to share with everyone you meet. Sandra is one of those people for me. I love her work and her new book “Max Your Mind”. For those of us in the caregiving mode of living loving and laughing with challenging individuals a clear mind is […]

Change is how we grow – it is hard and anytime change is required it can be confusing, frustrating and overwhelming especially for individuals who live with multiple challenges. Consider how you feel when you have too much on your plate and are overwhelmed. Remember, be appreciative and grateful. It is impossible to be both […]

“Let’s change how people think. Let’s figure out why jobs are so hard to keep. Let’s figure out how to train employees. Let’s go for a grant,” he said. “Let’s make LiveAbilities, happen.” Five sentences later, I agreed. As with most grants they take time to write. I made sure the pilot would be a success […]

RealMindz looks forward to working with Ann in the coming year and helping parents CONNECT the pieces to help their children. We began our RealMindz program introducing people we love with a little boy from Lancaster, Wisconsin named Mac, who is the son of Ann and Dr. James Yurcek. Today, we share Mac’s Christmas Miracle […]

by Liz Kulp Liz is one of our beloved expert FASD Survival Strategy Teachers I have lived with a pile of labels for 30 years, and the labels don’t make me the person I am. Those labels, like the tags on Holiday Presents just indicate to another person how to direct the package so it […]

Happy Holidays From all of us at FASDTHINKTANK – Thank you for being a part of the life of a person with trauma and challenges before birth. Holidays are a tough time for our kids, teens and adults. We may place pressure on ourselves to try to make holidays perfect. What matters is family and […]

Children consider playground activities “circus performances” and they hunger for recognition. Children will typically flock to an adult who understands the nature of this situation and who encourages challenge and expressive fun. I am so excited to feature the world of Dr. “Fun” Lyelle Palmer. Use language to build your child’s strength of character. Words […]

Over the years I have found respite in the darnedest places… meaning my children or the people I care for will not venture there. Cleaning the dog kennel has always given me time alone, as does weeding my garden… folding the laundry.  And through the seasons I seemed to find other places for isolation like […]