FASD Fact #8: Slower processing is a primary characteristic of FASD


One primary brain difference of FASD is slower processing speed

Behaviorally, this might look like a person responding slowly to requests. People with FASD might react, and refuse a request, then think about it and comply. They might become overwhelmed with lots of talking or noise. They might say “huh?” or “what?” a lot.

This can look like ignoring, daydreaming, or opposition, but when given adequate time and understanding, can be seen as the brain needing more time to process requests and directions.

Strategies around slow processing: GIVE TIME. Use fewer words. Understand that this is NOT ignoring or opposition.