There’s a saying circulating that describes children with FASD as ten-second kids in a one-second world. They are always behind in the race of life. But, through my experience raising grandchildren with FASD, I would suggest a change to that teaching: lifetime kids in a one-second world.
As directions are not immediately understood, repetition and explanation of a directive is vital for children with FASD. While the child lives at home, repetition from a supportive caregiver helps them “keep up”, but once the child becomes an adult and leaves home who will offer that support.
Homelessness is a serious issue for adults with FASD. If they lack someone in their life to offer daily reminders necessary for the basics of living, overwhelming stress can lead to life on the street.