Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) involve permanent neurological damage. Most treatments are compensatory, and involve strategies to help affected children and their families cope better with the disorder. These include:
- regular exercise
- help forming relationships
- help to regulate themselves
- special school curricula
- memory strategies
- better understanding
- adaptive behavior
However, work with nutritional supplements such as choline has shown promise in reversing some of the original damage to the brain. In addition, starting in infancy to help stimulate brain development can help children later in life.
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Where do I begin to tell this story? I honestly feel that I’ve been inspired and touched by each of the families affected with FASD with whom I’ve worked, and that each family has their own compelling story.