Strategies and Suggestions to Consider When Working with Adults with Suspected or Confirmed Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

Strategies and Suggestions to Consider When Working with Adults with Suspected or Confirmed Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

 

  • Assess the Individual for their Level of Comprehension
  • Be Aware of the Individual Possibly Becoming Overwhelmed when presented with Multi-Step Instructions
  • Be Aware of the Possibility of Confabulation
  • Build upon the Person’s Strengths
  • Consider the Individual's Developmental Age Rather than their Chronological Age
  • Create Positive Incentives & Motivators
  • Determine the Individual's Adaptive Functioning Abilities
  • Develop a Strong & Positive Support System
  • Develop Consistent Routines
  • Encourage the Avoidance of all Forms of Mood Altering Chemicals
  • Establish Clear Expectations
  • Establish Realistic & Achievable Goals
  • Have the Individual Demonstrate Skills Learned
  • Help the Individual Establish a Consistent Bedtime
  • Help the Individual Learn Problem Solving Skills
  • Hire the Services of a Payee
  • Keep Instructions Simple
  • Locate a Supportive Housing Environment
  • Locate an Employer that Understands FASD
  • Maintain Structure & Consistency
  • Monitor & Assess the Individual for Suicidal Behaviors
  • Never Make Assumptions
  • Obtain a Competent Therapist in the Area of FASD
  • Obtain a Psychiatrist that Understands FASD
  • Reduce Confusion & Overstimulation
  • Teach Stress & Anxiety Reduction Skills

 

-Jerrod Brown