FASD Fact #1: FASD = Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
FASD = fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.
“FASD” is not a diagnosis, but an umbrella term that includes a variety of medical diagnoses, including FAS (fetal alcohol syndrome), pFAS (partial fetal alcohol syndrome), ARND (alcohol related neurodevelopmental disorder), static encephalopathy, and a neurodevelopmental diagnosis: ND-PAE (Neurobehavioral Disorder Associated with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure), which is in the DSM V, as well as other diagnostic terms.
All of the FASDs share one symptom in common: brain changes caused by alcohol exposure in utero.
Most of the time, the only symptom of FASDs are behavioral changes