Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder poses high economic impacts for those who suffer from the condition and their families. The main point in revealing this fact is to shed light on how the best solution is to work to prevent FASD. The costs that come from receiving appropriate care for the condition varies based off of age and the individual needs of the person effected. However, research presents a good starting point for us to better understand just how large these costs can be.
The Numbers Don’t Lie
The cost of living with fetal alcohol syndrome in teens has been proven substantially higher than the cost of living with other common conditions. Here are 4 quick facts about the financial responsibility that comes with FASD:
- Total cost of living per year is estimated to be between $23,000 and $24,000.
- Average costs for special education ranges between $4,600 and $7,200 depending on the age of the individual.
- FASD can bring about large costs necessary to combat productivity losses (i.e: among caregivers of children with FASD)
- Evidence shows high costs to correctional and criminal justice systems due to FASD.
Moving Forward with Teens and Money
Living with teens who have FASD can be a difficult time. This is the point in which they are transitioning to adulthood. This is when you have to decide whether your child should live at home as an adult or if they need assisted living. Regardless, it is important to help them learn to budget their money to afford basic needs. Supporting teens living with FASD is a large commitment, but them learning to support themselves is equally as important. Once they can manage their own money they will feel a greater sense of independence and maximize their functioning ability.
New Focus Academy can help
New Focus Academy is a residential treatment center for boys ages 12-18 who struggle with autism or other neurodevelopmental issues such as fetal alcohol syndrome. The mission of the program is to use positive reinforcement to increase the student’s self-esteem and independence. The skills they learn at New Focus will help them learn to have positive social interaction, organization, and a clear sense of judgement in their everyday lives. Students are given the opportunity to gain the confidence they need to foster and maintain healthy relationships and lifestyle habits. We can help your family today!
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