FASD Fact #9: Difficulty with executive functioning is a primary characteristic of FASD
One of the primary characteristics of FASD is difficulty with executive functioning.
This means that organization, planning, transitioning, goal-setting, self-modulation and self-inhibition can be challenging!
An important way to help a person who has difficulty executive functioning is to recognize that this is a brain-based behavior. It’s not laziness, or messiness, or procrastination, or immaturity. Provide help with organization, or setting a goal and planning to reach that goal, or getting started, or sticking with it, or working through problems! Seek out technology that can assist with these tasks. Use the person’s strengths (like understanding a visual, or sticking to a schedule) to find solutions! Set up the environment for success.