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Difficulty with the Concept of Money

Money is another abstract concept that is difficult for the FASD student to grasp.

According to Dr. Ann Streissguth, 95% of the FAS[D] students she studied did not understand the value of money
regardless of age, background, or any other factor.
(McCreight, 1997)

moneyStudents have difficulty understanding the value of money and the calculation of change from a purchase. In addition, they have difficulty understanding different coin values equaling the same amount. The FASD student does not not understand that 1 quarter has the same value as 5 nickels.

Due to poor impulse control and lack of understanding of the value of money, some students steal (e.g., money from their classmates or teachers). The FASD student may also be at risk for being taken advantage of by others.