Teens with FASD often struggle with interpreting the body language and expressions of others. This became apparent through my youngest grandson’s inability to sense threatening behaviour or, at the least, the depth of the threat; often seeing the behaviour as comical, or engaging. This struggle also reveals itself through his misunderstanding the intentions of those in the medical field or the police when trying to help. Often, in social settings, he mistranslates the social cues of his peers causing strife or offence among the group. Because Teens with FASD struggle in this area they are more likely to be influenced by unsuitable peers and as a result get into criminal activities or substance abuse.
Contacting your doctor for preventative strategies is always a good idea. There are also websites that offer strategies should you need help:
- http://www.ayhamilton.ca -Alternatives for Youth
- http://www.kidsmentalhealth.ca – Children’s Mental Health Ontario
- http://www.parentactionondrugs.org – Parent Action on Drugs
- http://www.parentfurther.com – Parent Further
- http://www.parentingstrategies.net – Parenting Strategies: preventing Adolescent Alcohol Misuse