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***** FASD Quote of the Day *****
"My whole life, I have had extreme difficulty relating to other people. I've always managed to say just the wrong thing, killing off potental friendships before they could even blossom. The few friends I did manage to keep were even stranger than I was, and the whole time I never knew why. " - Heather, a wise woman who has ARND (Heather's Blog

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Something Fun! Society's Child (a jigsaw puzzle to download)

     Number one FAS issue: Behavior    
"Children with FAS often develop behavior problems that increase their risk of becoming involved with the criminal justice system." -NIAAA report "Strategic Plan To Address Health Disparities," February 8, 2001
FAS and the BRAIN
Must Read!
FAS is the leading cause of mental retardation. BUT... Most individuals with FAS have normal intelligence! They just don't always have the ability to use the intelligence they have.
FAS Intervention During Childhood
Forget-me-notEight Magic Keys
to Intervention
by Deb Evensen
Screaming ChildS-C-R-E-A-M-S
Seven Secrets to Success!
by Teresa Kellerman
Mother with Baby Early Intervention
for Infants and Toddlers
with FASD
Calvin Scowlingtoilet Toilet Training
the child with FASD
by the real experts
Assessments for Children
Recommended Evaluation Tools
Discipline Techniques That Work
(Please read the artiles on "FAS Behavior" below first)

"What FAS is all about is brain damage." - Dr. Sterling Clarren, reffering to the global brain damage caused by intrauterine exposure to alcohol that results in abnormal neurochemical balance that intereferes with behavior and ability to function. Read transcript of speech given by Dr. Clarren in the Yukon in May 2002.

"FAS represents the largest environmental cause of behavioral teratogenesis yet discovered and, perhaps, the largest single environmental cause that will ever be discovered." -Riley, E. P., and Vorhees, C. V. (1986). Handbook of Behavioral Teratology. Plenum Press, New York, NY

How Alcohol Exposure Affects Behavior
Read Me! FAS and the BrainRead Me!
BEAMS: 15 Rules of FASD Behavior Management
Disrespect and Manipulation
Inappropriate Sexual Behavior
Psychosocial Issues by LaDue
Neurobehaviour in Adolescents and Adults
Explaining Behaviors to Others
FAS and Moral Character
FAS/E and Arrested Social Development: Scientific Study
FAS/E and Impulse Control (or lack thereof)
FAS/E and Conscience Development
Liar! Liar! FAS and Confabulation
Developmental Timelines for FAS/E
Won't or Can't? Willful Misbehavior?
Behaviors Seen By Parents
How to handle "It's Not Fair!"
Teenagers! (same question, different answer)
How to Fight With Your FASer
Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales (why it's important)
Behavior Mod for FAS/E
Cause and Defect
FAS and Stealing
Oppositional Teens
Overlapping Characteristics
"FASD... is probably the most significant socio-medical problem of our society as it affects so many innocent individuals, families and communities. It is completely preventable, but for those already here, we have to do everything to minimize their life's challenges." - Dr. Ted Rosales, FASD expert and researcher.

"Of all the substances of abuse, including heroin, cocaine, and marijuana, alcohol produces by far the most serious neurobehavioral effects in the fetus." -Institute of Medicine 1996 Report to Congress

The Visible Kid With the Invisible Disability
Cindy's Story: "A Hidden Disability"

The Visible Teen With the Invisible Disability
Cameron (FAS) age 6
Cameron (FAS) age 5
  The Doctor's Office
American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement on FAS
10 Things You Need to Know About FAS from AAP
NEW! Resources for Medical Providers NEW!

New Diagnostic Guidelines
A Practical Clinical Approach to Diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum
Disorders: Clarification of the 1996 Institute of Medicine Criteria
by Hoyme et al  Pediatrics 2005;115;39-47

 FAS Guidelines for Referral and Diagnosis
2007 Document (pdf file) from Department of Health and Human Services
Click here to order this and other publications from CDC

FAS Diagnosis: Astley-Clarren's 4-Digit Code
Institute of Medicine Report to Congress
Pregnant? Zero Alcohol
Alcohol and Nursing
ADHD in Alcohol Exposed Children
FAS in the DSM-IV
Should Physicians Recommend Alcohol to Their Patients?
"Sometimes we fear that the results from the tests will confirm what our hearts have been telling us. I'd rather live with a fact than a fear." -Teri Sipe, mother
"We must move from viewing the individual as failing if s/he does not do well in a program, to viewing the program as not providing what the individual needs in order to succeed." [Dan Dubovsky 2000]
Sometimes the biggest reason to abstain from alcohol is a little one
Jail Baby
Look Who's in Jail!

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101 Reasons to Abstain
Baby with FAS
Whose Baby is this?
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Many things we need can wait, the child cannot.
Now is the time his bones are formed, his mind developed.
To him we cannot say tomorrow, his name is today.
-Gabriela Mistral
Moms At Risk
mother and baby
Think about this! Among the 2 million adults in the U.S. with suspected FAS disorders, the combination of the primary brain dysfunction (poor judgment, lack of impulse control) and the secondary disability of alcoholism results in another risk that is not always recognized, that these individuals are very likely to have unprotected sex that results in pregnancy, and another generation of babies are at risk of damage from prenatal alcohol exposure. What about Dads?

Like Father, Like Son

"I would allege to you that the ultimate pollution is pollution that affects the cognitive ability of future generations."
- David O. Carpenter, MD, Dean, School of Public health, State University at Albany

How many? Too many!
How does the incidence of FAS compare to other birth defects?
United States ~ Arizona ~ Tucson ~ Canada ~ UK

This is the statement from the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: The latest estimate for the U.S. is a rate of 19.5 per 10,000 live births, although estimates run as high as 30 per 10,000 - about 12,000 babies a year. (Substance Abuse and the American Woman, Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, Columbia University, June 5, 1996)

For FAS and ARND (Alcohol Related Neuredevelopmental Disorders) combined, the rate is approximately one in every 100 live births. [Teratology 1997 Nov;56(5):317-26]
What is the incidence and cost of FAS where you live? Calculate it here!

"The consequences of prenatal abuse are likely underreported. Hospitals report some 2,700 cases annually of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. But because signs of this disease - physical deformities, stunted growth, behavioral abnormalities and mental retardation - are often not apparent at birth, many experts place the number of FAS babies at 12,000 a year." (National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse.)

"Unlike many birth defects which are identified at birth and often treated surgically, FAS and FAE are usually over-looked at birth and treated later by mental health specialists - often unknowingly." -Ann Streissguth, PhD
"Statistics on FAS/E only reflect the more extreme end of the spectrum. Most of the damage goes undiagnosed, but not unpunished."
-Bruce Ritchie, Fetal Alcohol Support Network
Read True Incidence of FAS Disorders.
Surveillance Studies

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that the incidence of FAS is only 1 per 4,000 births. Most accepted studies indicate that the incidence of FAS is more than 5 times higher than the CDC surveillance study indicates, and that the incidence of all FAS related disorders is about 1 per 100. The article "FAS Surveillance: The Numbers Game" offers an explanation of why the CDC numbers are so low. The CDC surveillance study is very important and valuable, it just needs to be interpreted correctly.

The Plant Lady
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A very short story
Success Stories
Perfect Morning
by Bonnie Buxton
Uncle Billy
A story of hope

School of Hope

******* FEN Conference 2000: Photos and Notes *******
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Surgeon General: "Risk factors for developing a mental disorder or experiencing problems in social-emotional development include prenatal damage from exposure to alcohol, illegal drugs, and tobacco." -U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General Executive Summary. Rockville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health, 1999.

Surgeon General Advisory on Alcohol Use in Pregnancy
A L C O H O L     L I N K S
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Scary Facts
Alcoholics Anonymous

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"Alcohol and tobacco kill more than 50 times the number of people killed by cocaine, heroin, and every other illegal drug combined. Ten million Americans are addicted to alcohol. It is a drug." -Amer. Academy of Pediatrics
Alcohol Advertising Alert!!!      Alcohol News List

My Favorite FAS Resources Best FAS Links on the Web
Index of Helpful Text Files FAS Research Updated Regularly

NEW! 2008 Legislative Alert: FASD Bill S2141 Needs U.S. Support NEW!

Arizona HR 2242 to look at changing eligibility criteria for DD services!

Daschle AmendmentcapitolReport to Congress

See your tax dollars at work!
Read reports and minutes of meetings for the
National Task Force on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Effects
Read minutes of meetings and recommendations!

"An estimated 27 million American children are at risk for abnormal psychosocial development due to the abuse of alcohol by their parents." (U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, National Institute of Health, Report of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force) Read Presidential Proclamation
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How to write an effective letter
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Learn how to participate effectively through Partners In Policymaking
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Disclaimer: This web site provides information about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and is not intended to be taken as medical advice. If you are seeking personal advice regarding alcohol use, diagnosis of fetal alcohol disorders, or treatment of an alcohol related condition, please seek the professional advice of a physician or seek a referral to a professional who is is educated about and understands well the nature of FASD. The FAS Community Resource Center is not liable for any loss or risk incurred as a result of information shared on this web site.

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Last update: November 21, 2012