FASD & Interdependence
We know that planning for when our loved ones with FASD become adults can be very stressful. There is no right or wrong way to prepare for the future, FASD affects everyone differently, but it is important to remember that the effects are lifelong.
One strategy that can help prepare for the future is to focus on interdependence. This means teaching them that it’s okay to ask for help and rely on others. Interdependence involves creating a circle of support so individuals know who they can go to or who they can count on. Designating a person they can call whenever they have questions or are unsure about something can help them navigate life while they deal with the impairments caused by FASD such as memory deficits, poor judgment, troubles problem solving, etc.
Whether it’s a family member, mentor, or a support person, teaching the individual to contact this person whenever they’re unsure about something can be a helpful strategy for dealing with FASD in adult life.