Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock MP Allan Dorans has recently met with the founders of Oshay’s to discuss the vital work they are doing to bring attention to Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

FASD is a lifelong condition that results from a baby being exposed to alcohol before birth. This exposure to alcohol affects how the baby’s brain and body can develop, which can lead to physical, mental, behavioural, and learning disabilities.

According to the Ayrshire and Arran NHS health board, research shows that it’s likely that more than 12,000 individuals in Ayrshire and Arran are affected by FASD.

Mr Dorans said: “I was delighted to recently meet with Maryelen and Paula Mcphail, Oshay’s founders, to discuss the outstanding work they are doing to bring attention to FASD. They provide extensive support to families living with FASD and have created a real sense of community.”

The group’s founders, Maryelen and Paula, added: “We are passionate about helping families and professionals work with individuals with brain-based disabilities, by providing a library of resources and a sense of community so they are empowered in supporting these individuals and advocating on their behalf.”

“We are offering Sensory Classes, Fussy Eater Classes, Messy Play Classes, Makaton Classes and many more to babies, toddlers and school age kids, with FASD and other brain-based conditions.”

“I (Maryelen) am a parent of six children, three have FASD, I am also a foster carer and have fostered over 50 kids in my time. I am pretty sure a lot of my kids may have had FASD. I bring over 24 years’ experience. Paula is my daughter who has FASD, she brings her knowledge and strengths to tell how she has lived with FASD.”