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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Simple Explanation of F.A.S.D.

I think this is a simple way to explain FASD to others.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Explained:
Most of us are familiar with the facial features of FAS (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome). But 90% of cases found on the fetal alcohol spectrum actually don't have the facial features.
WHY? Because the only way to get the facial features is for the mother to drink alcohol on Day 19, 20, & 21 of her pregnancy. BUT the unborn baby's brain develops the entire 9 months of pregnancy.
Here's a simple explaination:
FAS: All of the face...ALL of the brain damage.
pFAS: Some of the face...ALL of the brain damage.
ARND: None of the face...ALL of the brain damage.
My son has ARND (Alcohol Related Neurodevelopmental Disorder). It is an INVISBILE disabilty, which often makes it difficult for others to understand.

1 comment:

  1. Mindy thanks so much for sharing, I appreciate your comments. It is so important that everyone understands that only a small percentage of those who are exposed prenatally to alcohol will have the facial features. Those who look normal are expected to act normal, however due to their brain changes they can also have serious limitations.