This site introduces the neurobehavioural difficulties that may appear throughout the lifespan of individuals with FASD. It is important to recognize that, being a spectrum disorder, FASD can look different for different individuals. Not all individuals with FASD will experience all of the issues presented here. However, this site summarizes the common neurobehavioural features of FASD found in current research. The problems presented on this site are not necessarily gender-specific.
Once considered secondary disabilities, adverse outcomes of FASD are the effects that may occur for an individual with FASD, such as substance abuse or school withdrawl. These outcomes are not directly due to prenatal alcohol exposure and, as a result, may sometimes be prevented with proper interventions, services and environmental care.
- Adverse outcomes common to individuals with FASD are:
- Disrupted school experience (due to academic problems)
- Mental health issues issues sometimes, although researchers are increasingly identifying ways in which prenatal alcohol exposure directly increases the likelihood of mental health issues
- Drug and alcohol abuse
- Trouble with the law
- Difficulty in the workplace
- Victimization and exploitation (financial, sexual, social)
- Displacement during transition into adulthood