FASD Fact #24: Difficulty with emotional regulation is a primary characteristic of FASD

Text: Difficulty with emotional regulation is a primary characteristic of FASD

  • A primary characteristic of FASD is difficulty with emotional regulation. This can look like “overreaction,” difficulty calming down, or hair-trigger explosions. It can express itself in rages or low mood or irritability.
  • Strategies to help with mood liability include not taking it personally, teaching self-calming strategies, giving breaks, and helping the person learn the physical signs of rages or explosive reactions so they will know when to use their strategies. Calm environments and matching expectations to ability are also key.
  • When these strategies help, don’t assume the person is “healed.” Assume the need to keep these accommodations in place