Challenges of Individuals with FASD: “Lives and Crimes: Kids Who Suffer Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder”

Read the story of Jack, who is described as impatient and impulsive, with a poor memory, a short attention span and a hard time of deciding between right or wrong – all signs/results of suffering from FASD.
In trouble with the law. Convicted of burglary, drug dealing and assault, Jack has spent the past decade in and out of juvenile detention and prison.
“They often don’t understand that they have done something wrong,” Professor Elizabeth Elliott, a pediatrician at Sydney University says. ”They can’t understand the consequences of their actions.”

Most children even receive normal IQ scores because their problems with memory, attention and behaviour control do not tend to show up on standard intelligence tests.

”It just breaks my heart to see these kids set up for failure, time and time and time again.”

To read the full article visit http://www.smh.com.au/national/health/lives-and-crimes-kids-who-suffer-foetal-alcohol-spectrum-disorder-20140215-32ssk.html

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