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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