Could my child have FASD?
What are the characteristics of FASD?
Many individuals with FASD are smaller than their peers; some have distinctive facial characteristics. However, brain damage can be extensive even if the facial features are minimal or not present.
Individuals with FASD face difficulty in navigating the world around them. They display characteristic behaviors that repeatedly get them into trouble.
Due to their strengths, parents, teachers and others often don’t discover their deficits and set expectations they cannot meet.
Troublesome characteristics may include:
- Attention deficits, Impulsivity, Hyperactivity
- Poor sleep patterns
- Poor social skills
- Inconsistent performance (on and off days)
- Poor judgment
- Easily influenced by peers
- Explosive response to change
- Ability to repeat rules but not practice them
- A general cluelessness
Strengths may include:
- Bright in some areas: artistic, musical, or athletic