Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a term used to describe the effect of prenatal alcohol exposure on the brain and body. Individuals with FASD could encounter challenges with daily living and need support in various areas to reach their full potential. Every person with FASD is unique and have their own strengths and challenges.Source: fasdNL
FASD is considered to be a spectrum disorder, therefore it affects people in different ways.
Individuals with FASD have various different strengths and challenges. Strengths include being affectionate, determined, friendly, caring, non-judgemental, and forgiving. Challenges may include issues with memory, attention, language, behaviour, and academic achievement.
In daily life, these appear as:
- Unfocused and easily distracted
- Difficultly handling money and telling time
- Trouble with organization and planning
- Difficulties in classroom learning
Early recognition and diagnosis are key in providing individualized supports for individuals with FASD.
The safest option is to not drink alcohol if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or trying to get pregnant.
NO SAFE TIME. NO SAFE KIND. NO SAFE AMOUNT.
FASD is caused when the developing fetus is exposed to alcohol in the womb. People who are not exposed to alcohol will not have FASD.
Early diagnosis and implementation of individualized interventions can help reduce the severity of adverse health and psychosocial outcomes. It may assist those living with FASD in obtaining appropriate resources made to fit their unique needs.
FASD diagnosis is oftentimes completed by an interdisciplinary diagnostic team that includes physicians, psychologists, speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, and social workers. Private practice options may also available via professionals trained in FASD diagnosis. Referrals can be received from physicians, teachers, social workers and/or parents/guardians