FASD Fact #40: The brains of people with FASD are less plastic than the brains of neurotypical people
The brains of people with FASDs are less “plastic” than the brains of neurotypical people.
Neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain to change and heal in response to stimuli.
People with FASD have brains that are different on a cellular, developmental,chemical, structural, and functional level. Their brains have less capacity for neuroplasticity.
Therapies and intervention that rely on neuroplasticity to improve brain function are less effective for people with FASDs.
People with FASDs CAN learn! But the focus needs to be growing their strengths vs. trying to “fix” their disability.