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Occupational Therapy for Fetal Anti-Convulsant Syndrome

Occupational therapy is beneficial for individuals with Fetal Anti-Convulsant Syndrome (FACS) in helping them to carry out their daily tasks independently and effectively.

Occupational therapy can help with a variety of problems experienced by individuals with FACS which include:

  • Temper tantrums
  • Attention seeking
  • Impulsive behaviour
  • Obsessive behaviour
  • Lack of awareness of danger
  • Noise intolerance
  • Self-care needs e.g. getting dressed, eating and drinking
  • Difficulties with daily routines

The occupational therapist will carry out a detailed assessment which involves observing how the individual copes in their activities of daily living; this will be across a variety of environments including their home, educational, work and social settings. A questionnaire will also be given to the individual and / their parents or carers to find out how they cope with their day to day tasks and what difficulties they have. An initial assessment will help to determine what difficulties the individual with FACS is having in their daily lives and also the severity of their difficulties. Findings from the assessment results and a discussion with the individual and / their parents or carers will help to decide what the best treatment option will be to suit their specific needs and abilities.

Occupational therapy will provide an individualised therapy programme to suit the specific needs and abilities of the individual. Occupational therapy can offer a variety of treatment options; these will differ depending on the requirements, abilities and preferences of the individual.

Different Occupational therapy treatment options for Fetal Anti-convulsant Syndrome may include:

  • Sensory integration therapy, which helps individualsrespond appropriately to the sensory information they receive.
  • Strategies to help the individual transition from one setting to the other, one activity to another or one person to another.
  • Providing adaptations, techniques and strategies to help minimise the impact of the individual's difficulty / disability. This may involve computer and handwriting adaptations.
  • Providing techniques and strategies to assist and make every day skills easier e.g. getting dressed, eating and drinking.
  • Providing adaptations and equipment for everyday tasks e.g. wheel chairs, stair lifts, computer aids etc.

Occupational therapy will help to develop and improve previous skills and also teach new skills for the individual to manage and act more independently in their everyday tasks.

Occupational therapy will also provide support and advice to family members and other professionals to help the individual manage more independently in aspects of their daily living.

Occupational therapy has numerous benefits for the individual, their family and others involved in their care. Occupational therapy provides the individual with more independence which can increase their self-esteem and confidence.

If you feel occupational therapy would be beneficial or would like to book an appointment with one of our specialist occupational therapists please email or call 0330 088 6693.

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