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Speech and Language Therapy for Fetal Anti-Convulsant Syndrome

An individual with Fetal Anti-Convulsant Syndrome (FACS) may experience a number of difficulties in their speech, language communication and swallowing. The type and severity of the difficulties experienced will vary for each individual with FACS.

Common difficulties experienced by an individual with FACS which speech and language therapy can help with include:

  • Speech and language delay
  • Speech sound problems
  • Social interaction difficulties
  • Cleft lip and / palate
  • Eating and drinking difficulties
  • Difficulties with hearing
  • Attention and listening problems

The speech and language therapist will carry out a detailed assessment to determine what speech, language, communication and swallowing difficulties the individual with FACS is experiencing. The speech and language therapist will also identify the severity of these difficulties. From assessment results and a discussion with the client and / their parents or carers, the speech and language therapist will implement an appropriate treatment plan to suit the specific needs and abilities of the individual with FACS.

The main goal of speech and language therapy will be to maximise the individual's communication to their highest potential and help them t