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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)

Definition: FASD is an umbrella term describing the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy. These effects may include physical, behavioral, mental, and/or learning disabilities with possible lifelong implications. FASD is not a diagnostic term rather a descriptive term.

The most well-known diagnosis is fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). The Institute of Medicine has identified three other diagnoses:

  • Partial FAS: facial anomalies and other symptoms without all the signs of FAS
  • Alcohol-Related Neurodevelopmental Disorder (ARND): Central Nervous System (CNS) defects and behavior problems or cognitive deficits (e.g., speech delays, hyperactivity)
  • Alcohol-Related Birth Defects (ARBD): damage to organs, bones, or muscles

Another term that has been used over the last 30 years is Fetal Alcohol Effects (FAE).  Type of Training, Registration Link, Dates and Locations

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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Overview Webinar
This was a previously recorded webinar training (April 2013).  When the player is launched, it is recommended to click on the small gray arrow on the far left to close the “Events Index” window. Then use the bottom scroll bar (in the playback window) to scroll to the right so the image is centered and fully viewed.  The file share box is available for the document downloads – there are 3 documents (they are also available via the links below).



Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Webinar Series: School-Based Strategies
This webinar series is part two of the webinar on FASD basics done in April 2013.

    • Dates/Registration Link (Participants may register for one or both webinars):
      • Elementary Strategies: April 29, 2014 (3:00-4:30 pm)  Registration
      • Secondary Strategies: May 1, 2014 (2:30-4:00 pm)   Registration




For more information, please contact:

Heather Hotchkiss
Phone: 303-866-6739

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