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FASD: Following Directions

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FASD: Following Directions. Individuals with FASD often have difficulty following directions as external stimuli cause distraction. While instructing my grandchildren, who struggle with FAS, in a particular task, I’ve lost count of the number of times they were distracted by a single sound or movement in the room. Getting them back on track meant starting all over again; only to be interrupted by a similar distraction.

FASD: Following Directions

To offset the distractions, it is important to provide as quiet an environment as possible then keep the instructions short and understandable. Showing the child what to do, as opposed to explaining the expectation, will produce a more positive result.

FASD: Following Directions

Having the child repeat the directions might help. Giving them plenty of time to fulfill the expectation is vital; as is, watching for undue stress, and reminding them of instructions along the way. Never set up a child with FASD to fail. Positive reinforcement of their attempts to succeed will encourage them to keep trying.

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For over twenty years, I have parented four grandchildren with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: a disorder caused by prenatal exposure to alcohol. Please read of our family struggles and challenges at My two ebook memoirs available on Amazon titled: Two Decades Of Diapers, and, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: The Teen Years, describe the struggles my grandchildren and I experienced during their youth and teenage years. I have also written fiction, including a six-book English seaside series, titled, Under the Shanklin sky. I am now embarking on a new adventure creating children's picture books, designed specifically with kids with FAS in mind. The two main characters of the book are Strawberry & Cracker, twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. The first titled The School Day focuses on the special supports the twins need at school for a successful outcome. The book is due out in the fall of 2017, to be followed by more in the series, all focused on the daily challenges faced by children with FAS. For more info, see my author blog at

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