Family Services

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) describes a number of conditions that can result from a mother drinking alcohol during pregnancy.

The health effects from FASD vary. It can result in brain damage. This may affect memory, judgment, attention and focus or cause learning disabilities. FASD may also cause physical disabilities such as kidney or organ problems, bone abnormalities or problems with hearing or vision.

If you think your child may have symptoms, talk to your doctor or health care provider in your community. An early diagnosis can make a big difference in helping a child live a more productive life.

FASD is a complex disability; ask for help and support rather than trying to deal with it on your own.

(Reference: Health Canada and Public Health Agency of Canada)

Links

Let’s Talk FASD – Parent Driven Strategies in Caring for Children with FASD, VON Canada

FASD Connections

Health Canada – FASD

National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (US)

Public Health Agency of Canada – FASD

Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development


Books in Your Community

Recognizing & Managing Children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome/Fetal Alcohol Free: A Guidebook, Brenda McCreight.