“FASD is a spectrum of neurological, behavioral and cognitive deficits that interfere with growth, learning and socialization caused by maternal consumption of alcohol during pregnancy. The spectrum of alcohol-related birth defects is broad, with individuals potentially having cognitive or learning deficits, visual problems and/or higher than normal pain tolerance. People with FASD have the ability to learn, when assisting the person with FASD, discover what helps him/her learn and to help them enjoy the learning process. They may have many difficulties and challenges in their lives, it is important to encourage them to work to their potential, and make them aware of their strengths and talents.” There are five keys to working successfully with campers with FASD are:
Structure: lack internal structure, so need as much external structure as possible
Consistency: be consistent in responses
Variety: use a variety of ways to keep their attention
Brevity: brief with instructions and directions
Persistence: repeat, repeat, repeat what you want them to learn
CAMP programs will be tailored to support and build on FASD strengths.