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Do I Have a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum
Disorder / FASD?

FASD Factors – Does this sound like you?
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Do you know if your birth mother drank alcohol during pregnancy?
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Are There Services I Can Receive If I Have A Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder / FASD?
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For Parents & Caregivers

For Parents & Caregivers

How do you know if you/your child has an FASD?

These are some things to look for if you suspect someone you know may be affected:

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Where can I find health care providers who understand FASD?

Indiana NOFAS maintains a Resource Directory of articles, research, training and other information.

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What’s the difference between FASD and Autism?

Similarities Between Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and Autism Dan Dubovsky MSW SAMHSA FASD Center for Excellenc

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For Expecting Parents

For Expecting Parents

I drank alcohol before I knew I was pregnant. Now what?

First, don’t panic! The best thing to do, is stop consuming alcohol as soon as you find out you are pregnant. It is never too late to stop drinking.

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Why should I worry about alcohol use if I am not pregnant and not trying to get pregnant?

If you consume alcohol and do not use contraception (birth control) when you have sex, you might get pregnant and expose your baby to alcohol before you know you are pregnant.

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Can an FASD be passed along through breast milk?

Alcohol in breast milk is not linked to FASD. However, when a woman who is breastfeeding consumes alcohol, some of that alcohol does enter her breast milk.

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Can a partner cause an FASD?

If my partner consumes alcohol will they cause the baby to have an FASD? No.

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If a woman has an FASD, will her children have it, too? Is FASD hereditary?

No. FASD cannot be “passed on” from a mother to a child like having brown eyes can be passed on.

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For Professionals & Community

For Professionals & Community

Does Indiana NOFAS provide training?

Indiana NOFAS provides many different types of training throughout the year that are open to the public, and Indiana NOFAS also does private trainings for individual agencies or organizations.

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How is FASD Diagnosed?

The data obtained regarding these four parameters are ranked by degree of expression in the individuals being examined.

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Screening & Diagnosis

Screening & Diagnosis

What are some of the symptoms to watch for?

Only trained professionals can make an FASD diagnosis. FASD is often misdiagnosed because many of the characteristics look the same as mental health disorders.

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Why is an FASD diagnosis important?

Getting an FASD diagnosis is important for both the individual being assessed, as well as their family.

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What is the FASD diagnostic process like?

Unfortunately, there is not one medical test (like a blood test) to confirm a diagnosis under the FASD umbrella.

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What to do with FASD diagnostic results?

Remember, getting an FASD diagnosis is not about “labeling” a child. It is rather an opportunity for your child and family to get the services and support needed to be successful.

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