This site introduces the neurobehavioural difficulties that may appear throughout the lifespan of individuals with FASD. It is important to recognize that, being a spectrum disorder, FASD can look different for different individuals. Not all individuals with FASD will experience all of the issues presented here. However, this site summarizes the common neurobehavioural features of FASD found in current research. The problems presented on this site are not necessarily gender-specific.
Difficulty with Money
HOW DOES FASD AFFECT THIS AREA?
Money is often a difficult concept for individuals with FASD to master. This can impact their ability to maintain housing, eat healthy food, and support their families.
A child might have trouble remembering the names and values of coins and bills. Adolescents and adults may struggle to budget and manage their own money.
Impulsivity, poor academics/number skills, memory problems, and language difficulties may all contribute to poor money management and understanding.
WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN WITH THE RIGHT INTERVENTION?
Although some children with FASD will not understand the value of money, they can begin to play with bills and coins to learn their names, sequence, and worth. Showing them the amount of objects, such as toys or treats that a certain bill can purchase is a good way to conceptualize the value of money.
Interventions and supports may help an individual better manage their money. They may make fewer impulsive purchases or be partially protective from financial victimization. With the ability to properly manage finances, independent living and the transition to adulthood may be eased for a person with FASD.