Provide a structured home environment. Children
with FASD do best in a home that has a defined routine and structure. The rules
for the family(What is a PDF document?) need to be clear and frequently repeated for the
Enroll your child in an early-intervention program as soon
as possible. Laws in the United States protect the right to education of all
children. This includes those who have conditions that can interfere with
learning, such as FASD. These laws protect a parent's right to be fully informed
about educational decisions that concern his or her child. Also, the laws
protect a parent's rights when he or she disagrees with any decision. Contact your
state and local education departments about your child's right to
get help at school. Physical, occupational, and/or speech therapy may be part of the program.
Help your child learn appropriate
behavior. If your child has attention problems, has difficulty controlling his
or her impulses, and is overactive, he or she may benefit from the same
treatment measures that are appropriate for children who have
attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), such
as behavior management and social skills training.
child's independence. Help your child learn cause and effect by role-playing
situations with different reactions and outcomes.
learning skills. Provide learning experiences using things your child can touch
(tactile strategies) and things he or she can do (kinesthetic strategies). Your
child's memory may improve if he or she uses a computer or tape recorder
instead of simply listening and taking handwritten notes in class.
Talk to teachers and other people who are involved in your child's life. Tell them how they can best help your child.
Call your doctor if you think your child needs more help or if you notice new problems.
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ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - Pediatrics Specialist Medical ReviewerErnest L. Abel, PhD - Reproductive Toxicology
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