Friday 9th September is International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) day,
In the UK over 21,000 babies are born with FASD, which is range of difficulties of which can be physical and mental that they are born with due to exposure to alcohol in the womb.
Alcohol use during pregnancy can lead to lifelong effects on babies which could include:
- Mental health issues
- Distinctive facial features
- Speech and language delays
- Challenging behaviour
- Complex physical, emotional and learning difficulties
Recent research highlighted 75% of children released for adoption have FASD, and yet it is so under diagnosed and often misdiagnosed as ADHD or autism.
To raise awareness FCA North West therapy team are providing an information session on FASD to staff and foster parents. Very few of understand the behavioural difficulties that can be misdiagnosed so the sessions are vital in helping to identity children with FASD.
The Hidden Disability is a 45 minute film that reveals myths behind FASD that prevent treatment and diagnosis.
The National Organisation for FASD has a wealth of information and resources.
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