Education is a very important part of a child's life whether the child has disabilities or not. Even though our children may find it difficult to understand the concepts of a subject it is still important that the subject is taught to the child in a way that he/ she understands it.
When a child has Fetal Anti-Convulsant Syndrome (F.A.C.S) this becomes a very real problem. It has been found that the child with this syndrome may find the concepts of numbers difficult to understand, may have difficulty with their reading abilities and / or handwriting may be a problem.
Many children with the syndrome may have speech and language problems, they may have difficulties with their hearing and / or their eyesight. Fine and gross motor control difficulties and /or impulsive and obsessive behaviour may also be a problem.
There are so many different combinations to the syndrome that other disorders may be noticed. For example A.H.D.H, autism, asperger syndrome and dyspraxia are all diagnosed disorders with children who have Fetal Anti-Convulsant Syndrome
Please pay particular attention to the problem list and you will be able to understand when the other disorders become noticeable.
From a teachers point of view it is so important that children get the education they deserve but it is not to be expected for the school to know all the back history about a child, even though in this situation it would be very helpful.
A child with this syndrome needs understanding, patience and a lot of encouragement in all areas of learning. Given time and the help they need they can lead a productive life.