Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a range of disabilities - mental and physical - that a person is born with because they have been exposed to alcohol whilst still in the womb. In other words, their birth mother was drinking alcohol whilst pregnant.
FASD can cause problems with:
- movement, balance, vision and hearing
- learning, such as problems with thinking, concentration, and memory
- managing emotions and developing social skills
- hyperactivity and impulse control
- communication, such as problems with speech
- the joints, muscles, bones, and organs, such as the kidneys and heart
These problems are permanent, though early treatment and support can help limit their impact on a child's life.
Hertfordshire's Virtual School has a number of resources on their website for schools to use to support pupils with FASD.
National Charities providing support