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100% Preventable and Lasts a Lifetime

Fetal alcohol syndrome isn't a single birth defect. It's a cluster of related problems and the most severe of a group of consequences of prenatal alcohol exposure. Collectively, the range of disorders is known as fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs).
— Mayo Clinic > Symptoms

When pregnant women drink, they put their unborn babies at risk for a wide range of physical, cognitive, and behavioral problems. In fact, prenatal alcohol exposure is the leading preventable cause of birth defects in the United States.
— NIAAA > Alcohol Alert

Fetal Alcohol is up front and personal for us!

  • Braiding cords of others into a person's life promotes continued success
  • Learning to create fairness in the judicial systems for persons with hidden differences
  • Creating life opportunities of interdependent living in a natural setting
  • Using animals to build braids of success

In 1986, we held a tiny infant who seemed to have given up on life. They called her "failure-to-thrive" and our job was to parent, attach to her and give her care back to health. It took four weeks before we saw the spark of her spirit ignite and we made eye contact. It took two more weeks for her arms to lift to be picked up. From that moment, our little phoenix, Liz Kulp's life burned bright, her first word was "No!" at age 7 months and her vocabulary increased at rapid speed. She knew 60 breeds of dogs (with full names) before age two. A gifted child? Absolutely. She was also a child of 'more' needs.

Our beautiful daughter, struggled in preschool, kindergarten and elementary school. At age ten, we decided to help her learn through homeschooling. We did not have a diagnosis of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders until almost age thirteen, and at that time Liz decided to write her first book, The Best I Can Be, Living with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (Mom's Choice Gold Contributing Young Author—2009) and we changed our homeschool program to brain training to build skills and see if her life could be changed. We documented our journey in Our FAScinating Journey, Keys to Brain Potential Along the Path of Prenatal Brain Injury (Mom's Choice Gold Parenting Special Needs—2012.

All the therapy and work our daughter did, along with the skills she achieved did not stop her from having a surprising adult transition. Her story pulled from her heart and her journals Braided Cord, Tough Times In and Out. won Mom's Choice Gold for Life Challenges—2011 and USA Best Books Finalist for Health Addiction and Recovery—2012.

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Since gaining an understanding of the nature of our daughter differences, we have opened our family life to the public to allow for healing of other children and families around the world. We also have partnered with Ukraine Works Ltd to bring The Best I Can Be to the Ukraine and Russia as FREE Translations. If you are connected with an orphanage or child care agency in these counties, we ask kindly that you make our efforts known.

We learned to braid cords for adult living?

We discovered as Liz transitioned into adulthood, we had not prepared additional others to walk alongside her in her journey. Today we educate others to build lifetime relationships starting in preschool by using healthy others and the child's personal interests to braid strength into living.

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Gain steps to create possibilities

Yes you can inspire to greater potential

Our Live Abilities program initiates change for persons with hidden differences, by first providing safety and fun to reach trust. On the foundation of that trust we work to inspire, equip, empower, instill, and connect to allow for a person's soar to success. Success of each step, any step is a reaon to celebrate.

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Tools for parenting atypical children

Need some ideas to help you live, love and laugh with an atypical child or adult, Deb Fjeld and Jodee Kulp offer inspiration and a toolbox filled with ideas that can make a difference—forms, checklists, tips, powere professionals and more.

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Go to Toolbox Parents for great tools