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PLAIN LANGUAGE

Prenatal alcohol exposure changes the way the brain is able to process information, as a result individuals living with FASD require more time to understand the world around them. By using Plain Language we make this process a bit easier for the individual and are more likely to experience success in communication and relationship building.

Plain language is language that the reader or listener can easily understand, navigate and use. It is short, to the point and utilizes everyday words and phrases. Using plain language when communicating with individuals living with FASD helps them to take in and understand what they hear (or read) as efficiently as possible. When the brain becomes familiar with a word and its meaning it doesn’t need to work as hard to decipher what is being said. Alternatively, the use of big words, words that aren’t used everyday, slang or words with double meanings can cause confusion.

Keep the following in mind:

SIMPLIFY

Be CLEAR

DIRECT

PHRASES

TIP: Each individual processes information in a way unique to their skill set, it is important to recognize that even though an individual might talk fast, have an incredible vocabulary and seem as though they are processing information quickly, they may still struggle when receiving information. Always use plain language first and then adjust your communication style to meet the individual’s needs.

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