FASD Fact #22: Visual/Spatial deficits are a primary characteristic of FASD

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Visual/Spatial differences are a primary characteristic of FASD.

This can look like “clumsiness” or disregarding personal boundaries, but reflects difficulty perceiving ones own body in space. Understanding left/right differences are common. Handwriting that is large or doesn’t follow a straight line also can be a sign of visual/spatial differences.

Strategies include recognition that this is a brain-based difference. It’s not carelessness, laziness, or rudeness. Gentle reminders, structure, and work-arounds that could include technological assists are appropriate. Provide a calm visual environment to prevent overwhelm.