THE HOT DOG STORY A 17yr., old boy with FASD, is still living with his parents in spite of demonstrating many of the primary and secondary disabilities over the years. One day he announces he would like to go down town to a show. His parents say to him“Here is the money to get there, here is the money for the show and here is the money to get home. That is all there is. Do you understand that?” He replies“You don’t have to keep telling me. I am not stupid” He goes to the show and later his parents go to bed. At midnight they are woken up by the telephone. It is their son. Father“What’s the matter” Son“I need a ride home” Father [ sitting up in bed ] – “Why do you need a ride home?” Son“I have no money.” Father [ getting angry ]“What do you mean? What have you done with it?” Son“I’ve spent it?” Father- [ more angry ]“Spent it, what did you spend it on?” Son“ A hotdog.” Father [ yelling ]“A hotdog!!. You are selfish, you are stupid. You don’t care about anybody but yourself. You only do what you want to do. We have to be up in the morning and you will be lying in bed. This has got to stop. We are tired of it.” The father drives down town and brings his son home. The next day his parents ask him why did he do that.? The son replies “I don’t know.” “I DON’T KNOW” is a Fetal Alcohol phrase. When the boy came out of the show he was hungry. He smelled hot dogs. He saw the hot dog stand. At that moment he was not able to consider what he knew; that if he bought the hot dog he would have to call his parents for a ride home, and all the consequences that would follow. Later he could not understand why he bought the hot dog knowing what he knew. The explanation is that at that moment he was perseverating on purchasing a hot dog. He was not able to consider his knowledge from the past and apply it in anticipation of the future.