Curriculum for Addiction Professionals > Competency 3: Treatment Strategies for Working with Clients with an FASD > 6d. Ongoing Assessment for Comprehension of Information
Competency 3: Treatment Strategies for Working with Clients with an FASD
Ongoing Assessment for Comprehension of Information
As with adults, it is important to check often to make sure the adolescent client understands what has been said. Ask the client
to summarize what you have said. Review written material, such as rules,
at each session. Repeat, repeat, repeat, even if the client says, “You’ve
told me this a hundred times.” The client with an FASD may be
able to repeat information but that does not mean he or she understands it.
For adolescents, applying concepts can
be difficult. Cognitive deficits, the frustration of having an FASD, and
typical teen rebellion can make communication especially hard. Role playing
different situations, providing opportunities to share and process feelings,
and giving the client time to process information is important. It also may
help to use alternative methods of expression, such as drawing, to assist
the client in sharing her understanding.