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Living with FASD

FASD includes a broad spectrum of disabilities and birth defects and living with FASD’s diverse  impacts is complex. Some symptoms individuals may experience are:

  • Learning and memory difficulties
  • Speech and language problems (receptive and expressive)
  • Short attention span and impulsive behaviour
  • Difficulty with sensory overload/underload and self-regulation, leading to uncontrolled emotional outbursts
  • Social difficulties (poor grasp of social rules and expectations)
  • Sensory difficulties (hearing, vision, touch, smell) Physical problems (facial abnormalities, growth deficiency, coordination and motor difficulties, organ defects, skeletal abnormalities)

The consequences of FASD often become more pronounced during adulthood – from difficulty holding a steady job to drug and alcohol abuse to crime and homelessness. Research has found that a significant number of individuals in the criminal justice system were prenatally exposed to alcohol.