FETAL ALCOHOL SPECTRUM DISORDER
Through valuable research, we are learning more and more about the detriments of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). FASD occurs when a pregnant mother drinks alcohol and the alcohol is absorbed by her fetus. This can occur when alcohol is ingested at any point throughout the pregnancy. Today we understand FASD on a spectrum which can include mild symptoms that range from attention and sensory difficulties to severe symptoms which include specific facial features and delayed or stunted brain development.
Unfortunately, FASD is severely underdiagnosed, especially within the foster care and adoption systems. Why is this? The symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD) look very similar to FASD. Unless your child has distinct facial features associated with FASD, they may be diagnosed with a different disorder. It is vital that a correct diagnosis is given as FASD can include permanent brain damage. As a result, parenting a child with FASD will look different compared to parenting a child with another diagnosis or no diagnosis at all.
Staying informed on the latest research and information on FASD is our goal as advances in this field are happening quickly. Feel free to browse the resources below for news, information, and services related to parenting children with FASD.
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