Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS)

FAS is a cluster of four characteristics found in the offspring of mothers who drank during pregnancy, namely, central nervous system dysfunction, abnormal facial features, behavioral deficits, and growth deficiency.

Typical FAS features

FAS affects up to 9.1 of every 1000 babies born. Triple that with heavy drinkers.

Common cognitive and behavioral problems in children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder are.

  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

  • Inability to foresee consequences

  • Inability to learn from previous experience

  • Inappropriate or immature Behavior

  • Lack of organization

  • Learning difficulties

  • Poor abstract thinking

  • Poor adaptability

  • Poor impulse control

  • Poor judgment

  • Speech, language and other communication problems

  • Secondary disabilities associated with FAS

  • Mental health problems 90%

  • Dependent living 80%

  • Employment problems 80%

  • Disruptive school experience 60%

  • Trouble with law 60%

  • Confinement 50%

  • Inappropriate sexual Behavior 50%

  • Alcohol or drug problems 30%

FAS is 100% preventable by avoiding alcohol whilst pregnant (Alcohol Use and Pregnancy).

From the BriefTSF book

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One thought on “Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS)

  1. i have a 17 year old foster child with FAS and ADHD and none of the meds. we have tried him on are working what do you suggest.

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