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BUILDING AN ACCURATE DESCRIPTION OF AN EVENT 

Many individuals living with FASD experience memory problems that can make it hard to recall how an event happened. If an individual is asked to recall what happened, but is struggling to remember, they may tell a story that doesn't reflect the actul occurrence (confabulation). Instead, the story they tell may reflect what they wanted to happen, what they think happened or something they saw happen on television. However, by asking careful questions you can compile a more accurate account of what took place. 

Struggles with memory and recall are the direct result of prenatal alcohol exposure and changes to the structure of the brain. Therefore, it is important to remember that the individual's memory may not allow them to tell an accurate story, even with accurate questioning. 

Working with an individual to understand an event from their perspective can be useful in many situations, below are a few examples:

TIP: To help you organize the individual's thoughts, you can use a genogram to map what the individual is saying

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