Not every individual with FASD will struggle with ownership but for some individuals it can be a long battle of understanding, sometimes resulting in limited understanding and a multitude of accommodations. One of the most successful strategies is to provide a long-term visual lesson, the example below utilizes the money box tool. 

Money boxes are not the only tool that can be used to teach ownership, however, they do embody the basic principles of how to teach what belongs to who and what the consequences of stealing look like. Providing a visually accessible option will help the individual see what ownership looks like and act as a constant reminder. Therefore, ensure the money boxes are always visible. 

Using the money box tool:

  1. Purchase two boxes, the ones used in the images below are ballot boxes from Staples. Label one as the individual’s and the other one with someone else’s name, in this case the parents’. 
  2. Both boxes should start equal with a designated amount of money being provided, the amount is up to your discretion. Both boxes should be accessible and unlocked to begin with. 
  3. If whatever money is placed in the individual’s box is still there at the end of the day it should be given to them. The next day, repeat the process. 
  4. However, if the money is missing and the parents’ money is missing as well, a consequence should ensue. The next day, both the individual’s and the parents’ allotment of money should be locked in the parents’ box. On the third day, everything is reset, and you start all over again. 

A tool like this does not provide results over night, it must be a long standing process.