Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD) day is on the 9th of September. It’s a day to raise awareness of the disorder and recognise the support available to families affected.
What is it?
Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is a neurodevelopmental condition with lifelong cognitive, emotional and behavioural challenges.
This is caused by alcohol use whilst pregnant.
There is no known safe amount of alcohol to drink during pregnancy. People living with FASD are from all groups within society.
It’s more common than you think.
Although alcohol can affect the development of all cells and organs, the brain is particularly vulnerable to the effects of alcohol exposure.
As a result, children and adults with FASD often experience difficulty dealing with information. They may find it hard to translate hearing into doing, thinking into saying, reading into speaking or feeling into words.
They may also have difficulty applying specific learning to new experiences or situations and perceiving similarities and differences. This means they may be unable to see patterns, predict events or make judgments.
In some cases, FASD is not always easy to diagnose. This means that adopters need to recognise this may be something that arises as their child’s brain develops.
Check out the different recourses and events here https://www.adoptionuk.org/fasd-hub