Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

There are so many fantastic resources out there which can tell you much more about what it’s like being a carer of a child with FASD, but this summarises what I’ve learnt (in no particular order).

Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder(s) refers to a wide range of conditions which are caused by alcohol consumption whilst a child is in the womb.

Since FASD can display like other disorders (e.g. ADHD, autism, aspergers), it is known as the mimicking disease. Those displays make it so much more difficult for carers of those affected by FASD to get the right support to help their loved ones develop.

Around a third of children who are placed for adoption are impacted by FASD. Chances are a similar proportion of the prison population could be affected too.

There is NO known safe amount of alcohol for a mother to drink whilst pregnant.

FASD is entirely preventable.

If my wife tells anyone that our son has FASD it can result in one of two reactions: “but you don’t look like an alcoholic”; or “are you the foster carer or adopter?”. This is particularly frustrating if it comes from medical professionals who are treating our child or thosr who are educating him. At the end of the day there is no point judging anyone for his condition – just bear it in mind when treating or teaching him!

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