FAS vs FASD (What is FAS/FASD (A condition in a child due to alcohol…
FAS vs FASD
What is FAS/FASD
A condition in a child due to alcohol exposure while in the womb.
A group of conditions that can occur in a person whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy.
What are the effects of both over a child’s life span?
Physical problems and problems with behavior and learning. Often, a person with an FASD has a mix of these problems.
Developmental: delayed development, failure to thrive, learning disability, low birth weight, short stature, or slow growth
Behavioral: aggression, antisocial behavior, hyperactivity, impulsivity, or irritability
Also common: anxiety, congenital heart disease, hearing loss, intellectual disability, malnutrition, misshapen face, poor coordination, single line on palm, speech impairment, or vision disorder
How Does It Look?
What assistance is available to help children with FAS or FASD?
Teachers can do these things to improve the children’s learning experience.
presenting information clear, brief, and simple segments
reducing distractions by keeping the classroom environment simple and structured
using visual materials
announcing schedule changes and transitions well in advance
using small-group settings when possible
helping them learn peaceful ways to express themselves if they get angry