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Involvement in Special Education and Social Services
Children who receive special education geared towards their specific needs and learning styles are more likely to achieve their developmental and educational potential. Children with fetal alcohol syndrome show a wide range of behaviors and severity of symptoms. Special education allows for individualized educational programs. In addition, families of children with fetal alcohol syndrome who receive social services, such as respite care or stress and behavioral management training, have more positive outcomes than families who do not receive such services.
 
A Loving, Nurturing, and Stable Caretaking Environment
While all children benefit from a loving and stable home life, children with fetal alcohol syndrome can be particularly sensitive to disruptions, transient lifestyles, or harmful relationships compared to children who do not have the condition. Community and family support are needed to prevent long-term effects in individuals with fetal alcohol syndrome.
 
An Absence of Violence
Individuals with fetal alcohol syndrome who live in stable or nonabusive households, or who do not become involved in youth violence, are much less likely to develop long-term effects associated with the condition than children who have been exposed to violence. Children with fetal alcohol syndrome may need to be taught other ways of showing their anger or frustration.
 
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