National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in Kansas
Committee Chair: Chris Steege
NOFAS’ vision is a nation where all children are born alcohol free. We strive to prevent alcohol use during pregnancy through primary prevention, advocacy and support.
- What are FASDs?
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) refer to the whole range of effects that can happen to a person whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy. These conditions can affect each person in different ways, and can range from mild to severe.
A person with an FASD might have:
-Abnormal facial features, such as a smooth ridge between the nose and upper lip (this ridge is called the philtrum)
-Small head size
-Low body weight
-Difficulty paying attention
-Difficulty in school (especially with math)
-Speech and language delays
-Intellectual disability or low IQ
-Poor reasoning and judgment skills
-Sleep and sucking problems as a baby
-Vision or hearing problems
-Problems with the heart, kidneys, or bones
- Is it Safe to Drink Alcohol While I’m Pregnant?
- What are the facts about FASD?
FASD is the leading known preventable cause of mental retardation and birth defects, and a leading known cause of learning disabilities.
FASD affects 1 in 100 infants each year, more than autism, and downs syndrome, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, spina bifida and sudden infant death syndrome combined.
FASD can affect anyone regardless of ethnicity, income or educational level.
FAS and FASD are not genetic disorders. Women with FAS or affected by FASD have healthy babies if they do not drink alcohol during their pregnancy.
- Diagnosis of FAS
- Treatment Options for FASD
Though there is no direct cure for FASD, there are many different types of treatment available. These include types of medication to help with symptoms, behavioral therapy, and parent training. Treatment options vary depending on the child and what works best for him/her. Many “protective factors” have proven to help reduce the effects of FASD, such as:
-Special education and social services
-Loving and nurturing environment
-Absence of violence
- Pregnant Women: Get Help!
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Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) Alcoholics Anonymous® is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. Locate an A.A. program near you.
- Helpful Handouts