Day 62 of 99 Days to FASDay

Unfortunately, many children and adolescents with FASD go unrecognized and untreated (and the symptoms of their hidden complex issues becomes looked at as misbehavior)

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Day 62 of 99 Days to FASDay

From the article: Fetal Alcohol Exposure Often Mistaken as Behavioral Issues  – Medscape – Jan 12, 2015:

The investigators note that although children with FAS are usually correctly diagnosed on the basis of growth criteria, central nervous system impairment, and characteristic facial features, other, more common disorders related to prenatal alcohol exposure may be missed.

“Unfortunately, many children and adolescents with FASD go unrecognized and untreated; this is due to multiple factors, including unknown maternal history of alcohol use during pregnancy, lack of consistent facial dysmorphology and growth impairment across all diagnoses within the fetal alcohol spectrum, and the high rate of co-occurring mental health disorders,” the authors write.

They hypothesize that in addition to these factors, “the historically confusing language and diagnostic terminology applied to alcohol-affected children, and the perceived stigma against addressing alcohol use by pregnant women most likely contributed to the majority of affected children and adolescents…

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Day 63 of 99 Days to FASDay

Ten years later we are still facing a lack of knowledge from physicians and health care providers when dealing with #FASD

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Day 63 of 99 Days to FASDay

Risk Factors for Adverse Life Outcomes in Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Effects

Ann P. Streissguth, PH.D., Fred L. Bookstein, PH.D., Helen M. Barr, M.A., M.S., Paul D.Sampson, PH.D., Kieran O’Malley, M.B., D.A.B.P.N. (P), Julia Kogan Young, M.Ed.

Many of us in the FASD world will have heard about this Study (this link is to the section this post refers to) and see/hear quotes and stats from it, but for those of you who have never read it, or are new to FASD, I encourage you to read it. Although the authors state: “It is a referred clinical sample, and as such cannot be considered representative of all people born with FAS/FAE,” it is a snapshot in time of 415 individuals ages 6 – 51. Although each person with FASD is unique and their behaviours and challenges and strengths will be unique, it does provide information that shows that…

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