Age Comparison Table |
Do Children Outgrow FASD?
People often ask, or often assume, that fetal alcohol
syndrome is a
condition associated with children, a condition that is “outgrown” as
the child grows into an adolescent and then an adult. Perhaps
of the word “fetal” or because of the apparent
changes in facial features
as a child enters puberty, but, the reality is that fetal
(FASD) and all other birth defects resulting from prenatal
exposure to alcohol
FASD refers to a permanent birth defect syndrome
caused by maternal
consumption of alcohol during pregnancy. The condition
by pre-and/or postnatal growth deficiency, a specific set
facial anomalies, and prenatal alteration in brain function,
variety of central nervous system disorders that can include
abnormalities, delays in development, intellectual impairments,
and behavior disabilities and in some cases mental retardation.
Alcohol is a teratogen that can cause fetal malformations in the form
of permanent structural changes to the brain, to cells
and to normal
growth and development patterns. Once the malformations
the damage is irreversible.
But, with all this said, it does not mean that the outcomes
for an individual
affected by prenatal exposure to alcohol can not improve
time, with services and with appropriate structures and
in place. Like all disabilities, improvements
can be made in how a person
adjusts to their disability, what types of services are
accommodate the disability and what kinds of ongoing trainings
supports are in place to help the individual be successful.
This is why it
is so critical that all children with this disability
get an early diagnosis,
that appropriate service plans are developed and that
providers and caregivers working with this disability
the nature of FASD and the impact on an individual’s
ability to function.
With diagnosis, specialized services and a supported living
individuals with all fetal alcohol spectrum disorders can
living with their disability.
Posted Winter 2002