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Are there any treatments for fetal alcohol disorders?

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) last a lifetime. There is no cure for FASDs, but research shows that early intervention treatment services can improve a child’s development.

There are many types of treatment options, including medication to help with some symptoms, behavior and education therapy, parent training, and other alternative approaches.  No one treatment is right for every child. Good treatment plans will include close monitoring, follow-ups, and changes as needed along the way.

Also, “protective factors” can help reduce the effects of FASDs and help people with these conditions reach their full potential. Protective factors include:

  • Diagnosis before 6 years of age
  • Loving, nurturing and stable home environment during the school years
  • Absence of violence
  • Involvement in special education and social services

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