Day 10: 99 Days to FASDay

Why it is important to know about #FASD and understand “Invisible Disability” – Thanks Yvonne

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Day 10 of 99 days to 9.9 FASDay

According to NOFAS (National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome) website:

FASD is known as a “hidden disability” because most individuals affected by FASD are not diagnosed until adolescence, adulthood, if at all. School-aged children with fetal alcohol-related problems are usually only identified when they are referred for a learning disability or an attention deficit disorder. If clinicians can identify FASD early, intervention approaches can minimize the potential impact and prevent secondary disabilities.

In our case, the maiden was identified by the Children’s Aid Society as “suspected FASD” at 4 years of age. She did receive a diagnosis of ADHD, Oppositional Defiance Disorder and Attachment Disorder at 6 years of age. I wonder how different our lives would have been if she had received the FASD diagnosis at six, and received the proper interventions and support, instead of struggling with misdiagnosis for five more years.  At eight she received a Learning Disability diagnosis through the…

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