Many people with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) experience mental health challenges at some point in their lives. Despite the mental health needs of people with FASD being well-documented, there is relatively little evidence around how best to respond.
Dog Assisted Therapy (DAT) has been shown to reduce anxiety and depression and improve social skills in individuals with physical and mental challenges. It has also been shown to be an effective strategy for children with neurodevelopmental disorders, like Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADHD. However, until now, there have been no studies on the impact of DAT in children and adolescents with FASD.