Topic 12: Getting Help for Persons who Look Normal
Because only about 20% of persons with FASD have Fetal Alcohol Syndrome with its characteristic facial features, most persons on the spectrum look normal. Parents looking for ways to help their child qualify for services can suggest that the school do a functional assessment. Ask the team to list both what the student CAN DO – their strengths – and what they CANNOT DO or have DIFFICULTY doing. Then begin to list the reasons why they cannot perform the tasks. Keep focusing on the brain reasons. Once these are defined, identify strategies that can substitute for, or support the brain’s dysfunction.