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Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorders – information for foster carers

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Many of you may have heard of Foetal Alcohol Syndrome, but for clarification, this is when a mother drinks alcohol during pregnancy to the extent that it affects then development of the foetus. Common symptoms include:

  • Vision impairment
  • Sleep problems
  • Heart defects
  • Liver problems
  • Poor immune system
  • Speech & language delays
  • Impulsivity
  • Memory problems
  • Hyperactivity
  • Inappropriate social behaviour

You may find the following article interesting to read:

http://www.theguardian.com/social-care-network/2016/feb/09/how-foetal-alcohol-spectrum-disorder-affects-the-care-system

There are some who believe that children have been mis-diagnosed as having ADHD or being on the Autistic Spectrum, who are in fact suffering from FASD. It is important to discuss any thoughts you have about this disorder and a child you are caring for with professionals, including those from health. Please speak to your Placement Manager initially if you have questions or queries.

The FASD trust was founded in 2007 and has its own website:

http://www.fasdtrust.co.uk/index.php

For children formally recognised as having FASD this site has some information and specific resources to help you as carers. It also has information for teachers which may be relevant to share with schools.

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