Raising Children Network

FASD Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder


By polpak - 22/04/2017

Should FASD be a listed branch separately ?

Primary FASD Disabilities

Irreversible brain damage is the primary FASD disability. 

The behaviours exhibited by people with FASD are often symptoms of the brain damage and are not made through rational decision making or choice.

These include:

# difficulty in planning and following through on goals;

# poor memory or short‐term memory lapses, where the person will quickly
forget information or instructions;

# difficulties with abstract concepts;

# impaired language and communication skills;

# poor impulse control; and

# mental, social and emotional delays.


# people with FASD may have trouble setting personal boundaries and observing
other people’s boundaries;

# they often have emotional problems, and can be impulsive;

# they may not be able to sustain relationships;

# they often cannot anticipate consequences;

# they have difficulty paying attention;

# they have poor organisational skills; and

# they have trouble completing tasks.

When primary disabilities are not recognised, or insufficiently understood and or managed with appropriate strategies and interventions, secondary disabilities which could have been prevented can occur. 

Secondary FASD disabilities

These include:

# mental health issues;

# alcohol and drug problems;

# trouble with the law;

# disrupted school experience; and

# inappropriate sexual behaviours.

For people living with FASD, much of their outward behaviour may appear to others as delinquent and/or antisocial.