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NOFAS Kansas

National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in Kansas

Committee Chair: Chris Steege
Email: chris.steege@kansasaap.org

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.

National NOFAS Website:  http://www.nofas.org/
CDC Materials: http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/fasd/freematerials.html


What are FASDs?
Is it Safe to Drink Alcohol While I’m Pregnant?
What are the Facts About FASD?
Diagnosis of FAS
Treatment Options for FASD
Pregnancy and Alcohol
Pregnant Women: Get Help!
Helpful Handouts
  • 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

-Shorter-than-average height

-Low body weight

-Poor coordination

-Hyperactive behavior

-Difficulty paying attention

-Poor memory

-Difficulty in school (especially with math)

-Learning disabilities

-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

Source: cdc.gov
  • Is it Safe to Drink Alcohol While I’m Pregnant?
 No. When you drink alcohol so does your unborn baby. Alcohol is toxic to a growing baby and can interfere with healthy development causing brain damage and other birth defects. There is no known safe amount of alcohol when you are pregnant.
Source: nofas.org
  • 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.

Source: nofas.org
  • Diagnosis of FAS
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) are a group of conditions that can occur in a person whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy. These effects can range from mild to severe. They can affect each person in different ways and can include physical problems and problems with behavior and learning. The term FASDs is not intended as a clinical diagnosis.
Source: cdc.gov
  • 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:

-Early diagnosis

-Special education and social services

-Loving and nurturing environment

-Absence of violence

Source: cdc.gov
  • Pregnant Women: Get Help!
If you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant and cannot stop drinking, get help!  Contact your doctor, local Alcoholics Anonymous, or local alcohol treatment center.

Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has a treatment facility locator.  This locator helps people find drug and alcohol treatment programs in their area.

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.
Source: cdc.gov

  • Resources
National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Q&A’s from the CDC About Alcohol and Pregnancy
CDC – Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs)
  • Helpful Handouts
Surgeon General’s Advisory on Alcohol Use in Pregnancy
NIAAA Brochure Drinking and Your Pregnancy
Free Materials from the CDC


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