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Competency 3: Treatment Strategies for Working with Clients with an FASD

Adults

Counseling Strategies, Continued

Strengths

Many people focus on the disabilities in persons with an FASD, but they have many strengths. Some of these can be used in the treatment setting as part of counseling. For example, some people with an FASD are quite creative.2 They can express themselves through art and music, which may prove more effective than traditional talk therapy.

Other approaches may involve storytelling and writing, talents seen in some individuals with an FASD.2 These techniques can also be used for practical matters, such as developing a poster with treatment goals. Persons with an FASD often have good visual memory,2 so drawing pictures of their goals may help them recall them better than written goals.

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