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Q: What are the major approaches in treating FAS-related difficulties?
A:Timely and correct diagnosis is crucial because it leads to early and appropriate intervention that may reduce some of the psycho-social manifestations of this disorder. Your first line of defense is special education and psychological services (consultation and therapy). You may go back to your physician to ask for pharmacological intervention, if the need arises, but your main partners in remediation should be a special ed teacher and a psychologist. Children with FAS/FAE qualify for special ed services under the category "other health impaired," "learning disabled," and some other classifications (in NY State, at least). Some of them may need as little as Resource Room tutoring and school-based counseling. Some may need a self-contained placement and a number of services, including speech, OT, and specialized counseling. At different age levels FAS has somewhat different manifestations, but what stays with FAS children at any age are behavior problems (ranging from restlessness/inattentiveness to serious behavior conduct disorder). Different degrees of "learning disability" are found in almost all children diagnosed with FAS/FAE. A psychologist with a cognitive-behavioral background may help you with managing the child at home (through consultation and/or therapy, if needed) and monitoring his/her progress in school. The real problem is that many symptoms of FAS may be found only later in the child's life: the absence of "classical" features of FAS does not mean the absence of the disorder.


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