Watching your child hurt themselves is one of the most difficult things to witness. Are you a parent or caregiver of a Child with Self Injurious Behaviours? Do you sometimes feel alone on this journey? Would you like to meet other families like you? At FSI we would like to bring parents in this unique situation together for support, empathy, understanding, and brainstorming some workable strategies. There may be tears or emotions that will surface for some of us but this will be a safe and confidential space for the families on a similar journey. We are better together.
Family Support Institute of BC (FSI) is a provincial not-for-profit society committed to supporting families who have a family member with a disability.
FSI is unique in Canada and the only grassroots family to family organization that has a broad volunteer base.
FSI SUPPORTS AND SERVICES ARE FREE TO ANY FAMILY
Self-Injurious behaviour can be defined as: self-directed injury that is non-suicidal in nature and causes physical trauma. These isolating behaviours may affect children with intellectual impairment, autism or other forms of neurodiversity. SIB is a multifaceted behaviour that is difficult to understand and treat as the diagnosis varies across individuals. Currently, proper evidence-based care does not exist, so it can be extremely challenging to care for children with severe SIB.
Are you a parent/primary caregiver of a person with Self Injurious Behaviours? Are you passionate about taking your learning to the next level? As a parent/primary caregiver do you want to learn more on how to support yourself and your child? We are bringing to you a unique 6-part series to learn and explore ways to support families and their children. These six sessions are meant to promote education around severe SIB, to create a supportive SIB community, as well as to advocate for better health outcomes.
Complex behaviours, including severe Self-Injurious Behaviours (SIB), in children with developmental disabilities can be challenging to manage and support. Medical professionals typically do not have much experience with severe SIB, and families can struggle to find adequate resources and specialists to help. In this series of interviews, we explore the perspectives of a parent, a pediatrician, and a behaviour analyst who are all connected to the Self-Injurious Clinic at BC Women and Children’s Hospital and the Family Support Institute of BC in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Few medical professionals have experience with patients with complex behaviours like Self-Injurious Behaviours (SIB). This video features advice for paediatricians from Dr Anamaria Richardson, a paediatrician attached to the groundbreaking Self-Injurious Behaviours Clinic at BC Children's Hospital. She, a parent, and a behavioural specialist all share their experiences with SIB and how proper support can improve the lives of patients and their families.