FASD is the most common preventable cause of developmental disability. An estimated 4-5% of children in the U.S. have some form of FASD, making it 2.5 times more prevalent than autism spectrum disorder.
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is often overlooked, misdiagnosed, and understudied. Individuals with FASD and their families also face persistent stigma, negative stereotypes and harmful biases, due to public misunderstandings.
Less than 10 percent of individuals with FASD have the associated facial features — short palpebral fissures, smooth philtrum and thin upper lip. It is an “invisible disorder.”
Many people with FASD experience lifelong functional, behavioral, and mental health difficulties.
Research shows that with the right supports, individuals with FASD can live productive and successful lives. Without diagnosis, understanding, and appropriate supports, individuals may experience less favorable circumstances such as homelessness, incarceration, or death.
FASD MONTHLY SUPPORT SERIES
Are you struggling with the numerous challenges related to FASD? You don’t have to go it alone.
Orchids is pleased to offer monthly virtual support meetings to discuss these challenges and brainstorm potential approaches and solutions in a peer discussion series.
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The Families Moving Forward (FMF) Program, based in Washington State, offers services to help parents and caregivers deal with "clinically concerning behavior" by children ages 3 to 12 with prenatal alcohol exposure or fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). The...
Prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) is known to play a role in causing certain ophthalmological problems, including ptosis, refractive errors, strabismus, subnormal visual acuity, and optic nerve hypoplasia. For those with FASD, these abnormalities may result in visual...
A recent study by Katarzyna Ana Dylag et al. (2021), entitled "Sleep problems among children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)--an explorative study," investigates the prevalence and nature of sleep problems among children with FASD as compared with other...