FASD Fact #16: Developmental Dysmaturity is a primary characteristic of FASD

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A primary characteristic of FASD is developmental dysmaturity. Children and adolescents with FASD often experience a significant developmental difference from their same-aged peers.

Developmental dysmaturity looks like immaturity. It can look like “acting like a baby.” But it is really a brain-based symptom of FASD. It can impact social situations, communication, and life skills. It may mean a prolonged adolescence, or the need to parent and/or support the person well in to legal adulthood and beyond.

Strategies include ACCEPTANCE and UNDERSTANDING. Give the person with an FASD expectations that match their developmental age! Adjust the environment to match what they can do!