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These are traits that are often associated with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), or other behavioral health disorders. But what if these disorders alone don’t connect the dots for you?

Connecting the Dots:
What is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder?

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a range of conditions that can occur in a person who was exposed to alcohol during pregnancy. When prenatal alcohol exposure occurs, it can cause a wide variety of issues.

Many people are aware of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), a disorder that can cause physical and neurological damage. But FAS is just one disorder that falls under the FASD umbrella. Prenatal alcohol exposure can cause other intellectual and behavioral issues that you might not know about.

What are the Symptoms of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder?

Brain and Central Nervous System Issues

A person living with an FASD might struggle with:

  • Poor coordination or balance
  • Hyperactive behavior
  • Inability to focus
  • Poor memory
  • Learning disabilities
  • Speech delays
  • Intellectual disabilities
  • Poor reasoning and judgment skills
  • Impulse control
  • Dramatic mood swings

If someone is experiencing these symptoms, and if prenatal alcohol exposure might have occurred, there is a chance that they are living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

How is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Diagnosed?

There is no one test that can be taken to determine if a person is living with FASD. A diagnosis requires a comprehensive evaluation by a medical professional.

There are tools that can help you determine if seeking a diagnosis is right for you. The BRAIN-Online screener is a great first step if you think you or someone you love may have FASD. With treatment, accommodations, and support, people who have FASD can thrive!

How is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Diagnosed

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If you are living for FASD, caring for someone with FASD, or think you or a loved one may have FASD, Indiana Alliance is here to support you. Reach out to us with your questions, connect to a support group, or explore our resources. We’re here for you!


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