Can’t vs won’t. What can be done?

TRIBUTE TO GOLDEN MINDZ DEB EVENSEN
FOR EDUCATION OF PERSONS LIVING WITH FASD

Deb Evensen - Educating change in teaching children with brain differences
Deb Evensen has been working in the field of FASD education for over 30 years.She is affiliated with NOFAS, the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. For more information visit: nofas.org

Pioneer in discovering practical solutions that work for individuals with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). She has spent thousands of hours helping to find solutions within schools and communities across North America facing FASD.

I met Deb Evensen, from Integrative Active Learning in Alaska in 1997. She was one of the early people I connected to in the online FASD community. She is a Golden Mindz in the grassroots, boots on the ground educational research to help children living with the challenges of brain and body diversity due to FASD navigate the educational system. Her work spans over forty years of teaching children with committed loving thought and research. Her methods work. Join us as we learn more of Deb’s hard earned wisdom.

Over the years our work has progressed often in parallel understanding and we have often discussed how easy with our neuro-typical vision we can misinterpret a behavior of a child with neuro-behavioral differences. Diane Malbin presents this material as “Is is my child can’t” or “Is it my child won’t”

Listen to Deb Evensen

Deb’s chart below gives us an accurate interpretation of what is going on inside the brain of a person prenatally exposed to alcohol. Her years of teaching and educational wisdom gives us what we can do to shape, support and guide people struggling with these life challenges.

A gift from Deb Evensen

Common Misinterpretations of Normal Responses In
Children/Adolescents/Adults exposed prenatally to neurotoxins
© 1994-2002 Deb Evensen

Behavior Misinterpretation Accurate Interpretation

Noncompliance

Willful misconduct, attention seeking, stubborn Difficulty translating verbal directions into action, doesn’t understand

Repeatedly making the same mistakes

Willful misconduct, manipulative Can’t link cause to effect, can’t see similarities, difficulty generalizing

Often
late

Lazy, slow, poor parenting, willful misconduct Can’t understand the abstract concept of time, needs assistance organizing

Not
sitting still

Seeking attention, bothering others, willful misconduct

Neurologically based need to move while learning, sensory overload

Poor social
judgment

Poor parenting, willful misconduct, abused child Not able to interpret social cues from peers, doesn’t know what to do

Overly
physical

Willful misconduct, deviancy

Hyper or hypo-sensitive to touch, doesn’t understand social cues regarding boundaries

Doesn’t work independently

Willful misconduct, poor parenting

Chronic memory problems, can’t translate verbal directions into action

Need a consultation for your school district or great keynote
presenter for your organization contact:
Deb Evensen:  debevensen@alaska.net
Visit her Website: http://www.fased.com/

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