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Module 6: Diagnosis and Treatment of FASD

Treatment of FASD

Since the term FAS was first coined in 1973, efforts to provide services for individuals prenatally exposed to alcohol have expanded. Efforts have moved from diagnosis and surveillance to professional training and public education. Services for persons with an FASD are becoming available, but many barriers exist. In treating FASD, early diagnosis and intervention can help in removing some of the barriers to service and promoting positive outcomes.

Children with an FASD have many valuable qualities and talents. With early identification, intervention, and family support, many can develop their best qualities. They can grow up to lead healthy and productive lives. Persons with an FASD may be:

Smiling African American boy playing in the yard
  • Cuddly, cheerful, and tactile
  • Friendly - outgoing, gregarious, and trusting
  • Happy in an environment that accepts them as they are and provides ongoing support
  • Loving - caring, kind, concerned, sensitive, loyal, faithful
  • Affectionate - compassionate, sensitive
  • Determined, committed, persistent
  • Spontaneous, curious, and involved
  • Energetic, hard working, and athletic
  • Fair and cooperative
  • Desirous of helping when asked
  • Highly verbal
  • Kind with younger children and animals
  • Able to participate in problem solving with appropriate support
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Skills of persons with an FASD may include:

  • Concrete thinking
  • Strong visual memory
  • Kinesthetic acuity (ability to learn by doing)
  • Enjoyment of repetitive tasks
  • Creative intelligence (artistic and musical)
  • Mechanical skills
  • Interest in gardening and construction
  • Good sense of humor
  • Storytelling

Focusing on personality traits and skills can help in developing appropriate teaching strategies. As the person matures, this approach can help in identifying appropriate jobs and fostering an environment that promotes job stability. It can thus promote independent living and more positive outcomes.

Multimedia Video: Professionals and parents describe techniques with children to promote positive outcomes.

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