Day 33 of our 99 day journey and even though this myth may be difficult to believe (in that people actually think this) I had a person on another social media site mention she can’t believe how many medical professionals over the years have said this about her brother.
Even today there are still people who believe children will outgrow FASD. This cartoon and caption say it best: People grow out of sweaters, not neurological conditions.
FASD is a disability that lasts through the lifespan. The primary disabilities linked with FASD are permanent. The structural changes to the brain and body do not lessen, as the person gets older. However, new pathways can be built, and behaviours and skills can change with support, effective strategies and improved understanding.
FASD ONE has an interesting summary of Life Transitions and suggests additional resources.
Maggie, an advocate, mentor and adult with FASD, had this to say:
This one really resonated with me as it’s so true and it’s important to remember.
Just because they get better at doing things, doesn’t mean the struggle to do it isn’t still there. I have just learned to adapt and hide my struggles doing daily tasks. As I got older I was able to to make it less obvious that I was struggling even though the struggle never left.
Most of the time I learned to mask it without even knowing, which led to the people around me thinking I didn’t need help doing those tasks when I still needed just as much help as I always did.
Come back tomorrow for another FASD myth vs. fact!