FASD Fact #18: Problems with memory are a primary characteristic of FASD


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Difficulty with memory, particularly short term memory, is a primary characteristic of FASD.

Memory issues are directly related to the documented brain differences that occur during alcohol exposure on the developing brain.

It’s not a sign of people not trying, or not caring. It’s a sign that their brains work differently.

Strategies to accommodate folks who struggle with memory include reminders and mnemonic devices, including apps and other technology to provide reminders. Visual cues, or using other methods that work with a person’s strengths as well as providing structure and predictability, can also help a person know what to do if they struggle with retention