FAQs
  1. What is FASD?
  2. What are the primary characteristics and symptoms of FASD?
  3. I hear so many terms associated with FASD. What do they all mean, and why are they different?
  4. I suspect my child has FASD. When should I start looking in to it?
  5. Where can I go to get a diagnosis?
  6. When I go to the doctor for an assessment, what should I bring with me?
  7. Besides my pediatrician, who else can help treat my child?
  8. My child looks normal. Is it still possible for him/her to have FASD?
  9. What other disorders have characteristics similar to FASD?
  10. How does alcohol damage a baby’s brain?
  11. Is the brain damage of FASD permanent?
  12. Is FASD hereditary?
  13. Does “partial FAS” mean that it’s less severe than “FAS”?
  14. How will FASD present in my child at the various stages of his/her life?
  15. Does having FASD always mean the person is mentally retarded?
  16. Can a child “outgrow” FASD as he or she gets older?
  17. Which agency is best suited to handle my child’s needs?
  18. Does having FASD qualify a person to receive financial assistance?
  19. What medications are effective for FASD?
  20. I hear that people with FASD end up becoming alcoholics because the mother drank. Is that true?
  21. I hear that people with FASD will eventually wind up in prison. Is that true?
  22. Can FASD be prevented?
  23. Is drinking a few glasses of wine during pregnancy okay? I’ve heard it can relax you.
  24. If a woman drinks heavily during the first few weeks of pregnancy, before knowing she is pregnant, is there any way to know what or how much damage was done to the baby?
  25. I have a child whose facial features seem consistent with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS)and she also has bony protrusions in the arches of both feet. She has not been diagnosed with FAS. Could these be signs that she has it?

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