Would children with FAS show changes in behavior, intellectual functioning, or memory if they were removed from unstable, environments and adopted into stable homes? This is much like the nature/nurture question. This question was explored with several families who adopted sets of biological children (all prenatally exposed to alcohol) who had been in and out of several homes. The children ranged in age from 3 years to 15 years of age. They had all been in their adopted homes for at least one year at the time of the evaluation.
The test results were evaluated based upon comparisons to the age appropriate norms. In addition changes were found between the children (young vs older). It seems that early intervention in stable, homes with predictable routines and healthy relationships is advantageous for children with various degrees of FAS.
Full details will be presented in August 2016 at the American Psychological Association convention.