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

  • Linda HandEmail author
  • Megan Pickering
  • Sally Kedge
  • Clare McCann
Part of the International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine book series (LIME, volume 63)


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.


Young People Communication Skill Young Person Oral Language Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Linda Hand
    • 1
    Email author
  • Megan Pickering
    • 2
  • Sally Kedge
    • 1
  • Clare McCann
    • 1
  1. 1.Talking Trouble Aotearoa New Zealand The University of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand
  2. 2.Hawkes Bay District Health BoardWaipukurauNew Zealand

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