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).
This was a previously recorded webinar training. When the player is launched, it is recommended to 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.
Attachments in conjunction with the video:
- Bryon Case Study (DOCX)
- PowerPoint Presentation - 3 slides per page (PDF)
- Video Guide and Resources for Educators (PDF)
- Colorado Dept. of Education: Brain Injury in Children and Youth – A Manual for Educators (PDF)
All information located in this manual is applicable to congenital and acquired brain injury
- Colorado Fetal Alcohol and Other Prenatal Substance Prevention Outreach Project (COFAS), University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center
- NOFAS Colorado: Family Support Groups and Individual Resources
- SAMHSA FASD Center for Excellence
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention FAS Prevention Team
- National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
- National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS)
- NOFAS Resource Directory
- Take a First Look: A Guide on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders for Early Childhood Professionals (PDF)
- Take Another Look: A Guide on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders for School Psychologists and Counselors (PDF)
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