Consultation with parents and carers has resulted in many expressing concern that they are told to do a parenting course – "we have successfully raised children but this child is different and doesn’t respond to these approaches, we need specific strategies to manage the child’s difficulties and behaviours".
It is important that everyone working with a person with FASD understands that behaviours can be modified and that the person is capable of learning, but this will require intensive support and will require more time. It often requires finding out what triggers a particular behaviour and finding alternative ways to get their needs met. Everything will take time, there will be challenges along the way, and you need to acknowledge and recognise the successes – small step by step.
While parents and carers can implement strategies at home, it is critically important that health professionals, teachers and service providers understand the strengths and difficulties of a person with FASD and work in partnership with the family.