Dufferin Wellington Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder


Common Misconceptions

Accurate Interpretation
  •  Willful misconduct
  • Attention seeking
  • Stubbornness 
  • Difficulty translating verbal directions into actions
  • Difficulty understanding 
 Repetition of the Same Mistakes
  • Willful misconduct
  • Manipulativeness  
  • Difficulty linking cause to effect
  • Difficulty seeing similarities
  • Difficulty generalizing 
 Failure to Sit Still
  • Attention seeking
  • Interference with others
  • Willful misconduct 
  • Neurologically based need to mov while learning
  • Sensory overload
 Failure to Work Independently 
  • Willful misconduct
  • Poor parenting
  • Chronic memory problems
  • Difficulty translating verbal directions into actions 
 Failure to Complete Homework
  •  Irresponsibility
  • Laziness
  • Willful misconduct 
  •  memory deficits
  • difficulty transferring what is learned in class to a                homework assignment 
 Lack of Punctuality
  • Laziness, dawdling
  • Poor parenting
  • Willful misconduct 
  • Difficulty understanding the abstract concept of time
  • Need for assistance organzing 
Poor Social Judgement
  •  Poor parenting
  • Willful misconduct
  • Effects of child abuse
  • Difficulty interpreting social cues from peers
  • Lack of knowledge of what to do 
Physical Intrusiveness
  • Willful misconduct
  • Deviancy
  • Hyper - or hypo - sensitivity to touch
  • Difficult understanding social cues rgeadring boundaries 
  • Deliberate dishonsesty
  • Lack of conscience 
  • Difficulty understanding concept of ownership over time        and space
  • Immature thinking (ex. "finders keepers")
  • Deliberate lying
  • Sociopathic behaviour
  • Lack of conscience 
  • Problems with memory and/or sequencing
  • Difficulty accurately recalling events
  • Attempt to please by telling what you presumably want      to hear
  • Confabulation
  • Selfishness
  • Regard only for self
  • Ability to see only the superficial or concrete level of            social behaviour
  • Difficulty linking cause and effect 
  • Poor parenting
  • Aaggressive nature
  • Short temper  
  • Exhaustion from stress of trying to keep up
  • Extreme over-stimulation
 Inconsistent Performance
  •  Manipulation
  • Sneakiness
  •  Refusal to try hard enough
  • Chronic memory problems
  • Difficulty generalizing from learning from one situation to      another  
 Lack of Motivation
  • Poor parenting
  • Laziness
  • Lack of concern
  • Difficulty projecting into the future and seeing what will        happen
  • Difficulty connecting today's decisions with future                opportunities
  • Difficulty understanding cause and effect

Adapted from Deb Evensen, Making a Difference, 2006. 

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