Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Overview

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

If you are pregnant and drink alcohol, so does your baby. This can hurt your baby's growth and cause life-long physical and behavioral problems. One of the most severe effects of drinking during pregnancy is fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). FAS is a group of problems that can include

  • Mental retardation
  • Birth defects
  • Abnormal facial features
  • Growth problems
  • Problems with the central nervous system
  • Trouble remembering and/or learning
  • Vision or hearing problems
  • Behavior problems

FAS lasts for a lifetime. There is no cure. Special school services can help with learning problems. Routines and consistency at home may help with behavior problems. Women can prevent FAS and other problems related to alcohol use by not drinking when they are pregnant or might get pregnant.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Source: NIH: MedlinePlus
CHOICES Counselor Manual and Client Workbook (plus CDs of each) and Brochures
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CHOICES: A Program for Women About Choosing Healthy Behaviors is an intervention for nonpregnant women of childbearing age and is designed to prevent alcohol-exposed pregnancies by addressing risky drinking and ineffective or no use of contraception. These materials are designed for use by professionals trained in behavioral health counseling who will be conducting the CHOICES program. Included are the counselor manual, which provides background information and guidance on conducting each of the four CHOICES counseling sessions, as well as the client workbook, which includes the materials to be shared with women participating in the program.

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CHOICES Curriculum―Client workbook
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CHOICES: A Program for Women About Choosing Healthy Behaviors is an intervention for nonpregnant women of childbearing age and is designed to prevent alcohol-exposed pregnancies by addressing risky drinking and ineffective or no use of contraception. These materials are designed for use by trainers providing instruction on how to conduct the intervention and include a facilitator guide with presentation slides and videos. Also included are the counselor manual, which provides background information and guidance on conducting each of the four CHOICES counseling sessions, as well as the client workbook, which includes the materials to be shared with women participating in the program. Please download and preview the materials to see if they are appropriate for your purposes before ordering.

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CHOICES Curriculum―Counselor manual
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CHOICES: A Program for Women About Choosing Healthy Behaviors is an intervention for nonpregnant women of childbearing age and is designed to prevent alcohol-exposed pregnancies by addressing risky drinking and ineffective or no use of contraception. These materials are designed for use by trainers providing instruction on how to conduct the intervention and include a facilitator guide with presentation slides and videos. Also included are the counselor manual, which provides background information and guidance on conducting each of the four CHOICES counseling sessions, as well as the client workbook, which includes the materials to be shared with women participating in the program. Please download and preview the materials to see if they are appropriate for your purposes before ordering.

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CHOICES Curriculum―Facilitator guide
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21602

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CHOICES: A Program for Women About Choosing Healthy Behaviors is an intervention for nonpregnant women of childbearing age and is designed to prevent alcohol-exposed pregnancies by addressing risky drinking and ineffective or no use of contraception. These materials are designed for use by trainers providing instruction on how to conduct the intervention and include a facilitator guide with presentation slides and videos. Also included are the counselor manual, which provides background information and guidance on conducting each of the four CHOICES counseling sessions, as well as the client workbook, which includes the materials to be shared with women participating in the program. Please download and preview the materials to see if they are appropriate for your purposes before ordering.

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No Alcohol No Risk – FASD information for midwives
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A 26-minute film which explores the risks associated with drinking alcohol during pregnancy. The film follows three women over the course of a day to explore how each understands FASD: Joy, a community midwife of 30 years; Samantha, a birth mother to a child with undiagnosed FASD; Melissa,a pregnant woman who is drinking low levels of alcohol.

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Morgan Fawcett on living with FASD
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Morgan Fawcett discribes what it is like to live with an Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

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Ask the Expert - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Center for Excellence
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