This section covers interventions that are applicable when conducting interviews or working with someone for an extended period of time. We describe several FASD-informed strategies that are best practices for working with individuals with FASD. We also provide a checklist “10 ways to modify frontline policing practices to be FASD-informed”.
These strategies may also help when working with others with complex needs and brain-based disabilities. Indeed, most people who have to engage with police experience stress and anxiety, which may reduce their cognitive functioning in the moment. So, the strategies we offer here could be effective with a far wider range of people than those who present with FASD.
FASD is a complex, lifelong disability [insert link], which frequently impacts cognition. This section will focus primarily on the ways in which the impact on cognition [insert link] may play out in police settings. We also suggest some steps to modify policy and practices to improve outcomes.