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What Kinds of Damage
Can Occur From Alcohol In Utero Exposure?

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In Utero Damage Can Include These Primary Disabilities
Disabilities a child is born with

Developmental speech and language disorder

Developmental coordination disorder

Central auditory processing disorder

Loss of intellectual functioning (IQ)

Severe loss of intellectual potential

Mental Retardation

Rigidity

Epilepsy

Deafness

Cleft palate

Night terrors

Death

Sleep disorder

Tourette's traits

Asthma

Precocious puberty

Sociopathic behavior

Serious maxilo-facial deformities

Tremors

Immune system malfunctioning

Poor judgment

Renal (liver) failure

Cerebral palsy

Complex seizure disorder

Developmental delay

Height and weight deficiencies

Tight hamstrings

Cognitive perseveration

Adaptive esotropia

Heart failure
Heart defects

ADD/ADHD
Attention deficit disorders

Dental abnormalities

Mild to severe vision problems

Higher than normal to dangerously high pain tolerance

Little or no capacity for interpersonal empathy

Little or no retained memory

Little or no capacity for moral judgment

Echolalia

Autistic traits

Extreme impulsiveness

Dyslexia

Hypersensitivity

And these secondary disabilities
Develop as a result of failure to properly deal with the primary disabilities

Learning disabilities

Early school drop-out

Juvenile delinquency

Poverty

Chronic unemployment

Sexual
acting-out

Social problems

Behavioral problems

Reactive Outbursts

Homelessness

Violence

Crimes against property

Depression

Prostitution

Suicide

Addiction

Alcoholism

Promiscuity

 

Sexual assault

Mental
illness

Early pregnancy

   

The majority of FAS/E individuals will 
display many or even all of these symptoms.

FAS/E is a lifetime disability. It is not curable. A child does not "grow out of it". However, early diagnosis and intensive, and appropriate, intervention can make an enormous difference in the prognosis for the child. There is a small window of opportunity; up to about age 10 or 12, to achieve the greatest potential for an alcohol affected child. That period is when the greatest development of fixed neural pathways occurs. That is when alternative "coping" pathways are most easily built as "work-arounds" to damaged areas of the brain. Time is of the essence

While FAE (Fetal Alcohol Effects) individuals may lack the outward physical appearance of alcohol damage, and generally have higher IQ's, the internal damage to the brain and other organs can be just as serious as full FAS. IQ measures convergent fact based thinking. Life skills require divergent adaptive thinking that in FAE individuals will be substantially lower than their IQ. However, because FAE individuals "look normal" they are expected to perform normally. These issues lead to secondary disabilities. Primary disabilities are those the child is born with. Secondary disabilities are those that develop as a result of failure to properly deal with the primary disabilities.

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Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
P.O. Box 131911, Roseville, Minnesota 55113-0021
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