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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in Adults: Ethical and Legal Perspectives

Volume 63 of the series International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine pp 139-147

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Oral Language and Communication Factors to Consider When Supporting People with FASD Involved with the Legal System

  • Linda HandAffiliated withTalking Trouble Aotearoa New Zealand, The University of Auckland Email author 
  • , Megan PickeringAffiliated withHawkes Bay District Health Board
  • , Sally KedgeAffiliated withTalking Trouble Aotearoa New Zealand, The University of Auckland
  • , Clare McCannAffiliated withTalking Trouble Aotearoa New Zealand, The University of Auckland

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Abstract

Difficulties with oral language are always present for those with FASD. However, it is not always easy to appreciate where language skills are involved, as other areas such as cognition, behaviour, social skills and emotional regulation frequently involve communication skills, and they can be hard to separate. At this level, skills are complex and interactive. However improving communication skills can have spin-off effects on the other areas. This chapter outlines how communication skills are so often involved in the trouble that young people with FASD have with the law, and considers what advice is available to help with oral language problems.