What is Fetal Alcohol Syndrome? | Kati Morton


– Hey everybody, today I’m gonna talk about fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. What are they, how can they feel to those who struggle with them,
and how can we get help if we need it? Before I jump into fetal
alcohol spectrum disorders, I want to remind you to subscribe. Are you new to my channel? Make sure you hit that
subscribe button and also turn on those notifications
which is that little bell button next to it so that
when I upload a video, you hear about it. For the sake of talking
about fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, from here
on out, I’m gonna call it FASD and what FASD really is is a blanket term to cover all of the different effects that a child may sustain
if their mother drinks during pregnancy, so there’s
a lot of different symptoms that someone with FASD
could have, and I’m gonna go through the four diagnoses
that fall under this umbrella. The first diagnosis and the most severe, is FAS, fetal alcohol
syndrome, and I’m reading from my notes, if you
wonder what I’m looking at, I made a ton of notes and I
also am going to reference a book that was sent to
me by a fellow kinyin, so if you want more information, I’ll link in the description a way
for you to pick this up, it’s super helpful and I
know that it has really assisted me in better understanding FASD, but let’s get into FAS as a whole. FAS is the most severe of
the fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, and as always,
everyone’s gonna have a different experience and their symptoms can vary but the most common
are, and I’m just reading from my notes, number one is
distinctive facial features. Now the best way I can describe
it and I made some notes as to what it really means, is that someone with FAS
could have small eyes and head, have a very
thin upper lip, a short, upturned nose, and a smooth
surface between their nose and upper lip. You know this little dip that we have? That is not usually present
in someone with FAS. Also the second most common symptom of FAS can be some deformities in their limbs, their fingers, maybe one
is shorter than the other, maybe they don’t have a
full arm, because you have to remember that when someone
is developing in the womb, we need all of the nutrients,
we need all of the good things that our mother can give us so that we can develop properly and that
we’re given the time needed to develop. However, if a mother’s drinking, that’s going to affect all development, from our limbs of our body
and bodily development as well as our brain development. The third most common
symptom is vision or hearing impairments, again just
because we didn’t have all that we needed while we’re developing. A lot of people with FAS
will struggle to hear in noisy rooms or may
have really bad vision and need either corrective LASIK surgery or have really thick glasses or contacts as a way to combat that. The fourth most common
symptom is poor coordination and balance, and again
this is just a result of development but they do
say that getting a child at a young age into like a Gymboree course or maybe a little team
sport can help them improve and feel more confident
playing with other children. And the fifth and final symptom
that I’m gonna talk about in this video but like I
said, there are long lists, everyone’s gonna be different, there’s a lot of different
symptoms associated with it but the last
one I’m gonna talk about is hyperactivity and jittery-ness. This is why a lot of children who have FAS are actually misdiagnosed
with ADHD because it’s really difficult for them to sit
still and it also means that they’ll struggle in school. And before I get into the next diagnosis associated with FASD, I
wanna just let you know what it can feel like
for someone who falls under this umbrella term. When I was reading this
book, the main point that came through was
that it’s really difficult for those who are diagnosed
because they struggle with impulse control, it
can lead them to lashing out at friends, and then they
feel worse about themselves but they legitimately are
not able to control it, and so I think the message
that I want you to hear is that if someone in your life has FASD, understand that it’s not
that they won’t do something or that they won’t stop doing something, it’s that they cannot. And so understanding where they’re at and what they struggle with
and how it feels for them will be so beneficial
to your relationship, not only will they feel
validated, heard, and understood but then you can better understand
where they’re coming from so you know that it has
nothing to do with you and it’s them trying to
work through their struggles with FASD. The first diagnosis I
just talked about was FAS, fetal alcohol syndrome,
but we’ll move into the second one which is
partial fetal alcohol syndrome or PFAS, and I could
go into a ton of detail about all the different
symptoms that fall under PFAS but it’s important for you just to know that when it comes to
PFAS, they can have all of the symptoms as someone with FAS has, however it’s just not as severe. And in order for these things
to be properly diagnosed you need to see a
professional, you need to go see a doctor, a psychiatrist, a therapist who works with FASD so they can make sure that you get the diagnosis that you need so you can get the help that you deserve. The third diagnosis I wanna address and I’m gonna read from
my notes ’cause it’s a long one, is neurobehavioral disorder associated with prenatal alcohol exposure, otherwise called ND-PAE. Now ND-PAE is when a child or adult will have issues in three areas. The first is thinking and
memory, and one of the ways that can present itself is
someone forgetting something they just learned. Those with ND-PAE will
learn something in school, try to go home and do
their homework and have no recollection, no memory
of what they already previously learned just
a few hours before, and this can be extremely
frustrating for the person who’s struggling, as well
as it can make it hard for them to keep up in school or work. Also because memory’s an issue,
it can make it hard for them to plan things, to remember
the things that they were supposed to do or
things they told people they’d show up for, so
planning is another issue that they struggle with. The second area that they’ll struggle with is behavior issues. People with ND-PAE can
throw huge tantrums, they can have a really
difficult time switching from one task to another and that is why having an IEP, an individualized
education program, in place at the school is so important. It’s really pivotal to
their success because when someone is struggling,
people might not understand why and if they’re expecting
them to transition from one subject matter to another really quickly, let’s say they only have
three to five minutes in between classes, that
can be really overwhelming and that can cause a
tantrum, it can cause them to lash out and be extremely
angry and frustrated. The third area that they’ll struggle with is just day to day
living, meaning it’s hard to bathe ourselves and to get up on time and to plan with other
children, other parents, other families and to dress
appropriately for the day, for the weather, for
whatever’s expected of them. They can struggle so much with this, it can cause them to be
late to work or school, forget that they’re
supposed to have a play date with that child or all of the above. And just as a side note, in order for this to be diagnosed as per the
DSM, the mom who was pregnant with this child must have
had at least 13 drinks per month or more than two in a sitting, and I only say that because
it’s important for those of us out there who maybe want to have children or may become pregnant
or maybe we already think we are pregnant, there
is no amount of alcohol that is safe for you to
consume while you’re pregnant. Having two or more drinks
in a sitting is not a lot for a normal adult,
however, if we are pregnant or we’re trying to become
pregnant, please do not drink. You can do so much harm to
your baby developmentally and it can make things
so much more difficult for your child and for yourself. And so I just wanna bring
that up because I think there’s a lot of misconceptions out there about oh, it’s fine if it’s
early on in the pregnancy or if it’s not too much or
it’s just a couple glasses of wine, there is no amount of alcohol that they know to be safe to
consume while we’re pregnant. And the fourth and final
diagnosis I’m gonna touch on in this video is alcohol-related
neurodevelopmental disorder or ARNDD. Those diagnosed with ARNDD will
not have the facial features associated with FAS,
meaning those small eyes or the thin lips, the things
we talked about before, they don’t find those
with ARNDD to have that, however, what they do find
is those diagnosed with ARNDD do have developmental
disabilities associated with their central
nervous system, which what that really means is
they have brain damage and that can cause behavioral
and learning disabilities. I was asked by many kinyons
to create this video and my hope for it is to remove the stigma associated with FASD. There’s so much shame involved
from a parent’s perspective I mean if I drank when I was pregnant because maybe I didn’t know right away or maybe I had an alcohol
problem, a lot of mothers feel shame for causing
this in their children and those with FASD
because it’s so unknown and not talked about and not
dealt with at the school level in many cases can lead to more shame because we get irritable, we lash out and then we feel worse about ourselves, but legitimately we don’t
have control over that and so the more that we talk about it, the more understanding, the better. Maybe you’ve been diagnosed with FASD, what do we do? The first thing we can do,
set realistic expectations for ourselves. That means no comparison,
don’t even think about it. Everyone is different. Like I said even in the FASD umbrella, everyone’s gonna experience it different and so know that your
situation is unique to you and you have to set
expectations that fit you and meet you where you’re at. The second thing we can do
is get support as needed. Because this can cause
so many issues for us in learning and school, it’s
so important that we make sure we have an IEP if we need one. I’ll link in the
description, I have a video about IEPs and what those
are and how we can get those in place. Also if you need a tutor, make sure that you set that up. Check in one on one
with your teacher to see how they feel you’re
doing, what other support they can give you. Also check in with your
disabilities office and the services they offer. Make sure that you’re
getting your needs met and if needed, get a social
worker or a therapist. We can fight on your behalf and make sure that you get the help you
need when you need it most. And the third thing is support groups. Like I said there’s so much
shame and embarrassment associated with FASD, it can
be healing and validating to hear from other people going
through something similar, and I’ll link in the
description a resource so you can find a support
group in your area. And the fourth and final thing we can do is get in therapy. Having FASD can put us at a higher risk for trauma, for getting
in trouble with the law, for keeping up with life
expectations like sleep, hygiene, et cetera, and also
adoption and foster care is so common. Make sure that you get in
therapy as soon as possible so you have support when you need it. Through all my research and
reading articles about FASD, it only taught me more
and more that there is no amount of alcohol that
is safe for us to consume when we’re pregnant so
please, if you’re not using protection, please don’t drink. I hope you found this video
helpful and informative. In all honesty, all through my training, no one really talked that much about it. I think I learned about it in one class and so it’s important that
we have this conversation. Are there other topics
you want me to address? Let me know in the comments. Are there things that I
forgot or something else that you wanna mention
about your experience? Let us know because we’re working together towards a healthy mind and a healthy body. And I will see you next time, bye.

100 thoughts on “What is Fetal Alcohol Syndrome? | Kati Morton

  • Hey Kati, I’ve been struggling a lot lately with an ED and self harm. I’m so scared for thanksgiving (because of the food based factor). How can I stay in control during the holidays? A lot of times I restrict and once I do eat I feel so guilty I self harm. Any advice or encouragement?

  • Hey kati could you do a video on happiness? Like is it something you just have or something that you can work on and is more like a learned skill and what we can do to feel it more often:)

  • Hi Kati I was wondering if you could do a video on ADHD and autism in girls as I have ADHD but I also have meltdowns and I struggle with noises and sensory issues and I forgot to turn my work in at school and I also struggle with depression and I'm probably not making any sense rn but ok

  • Hi Kati! You should really add reviewing the episode newest episode of the CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend titles “Josh is Irrelevant” to your already long list of video ideas lol. It deals with the aftermath of receiving a BPD diagnosis.

  • Hi kati at what point would you intervene and send your patient to the hospital when it comes to an eating disorder. Say they are doing multiple behaviour all at once that could possibly harm them but they don't see it as harmful

  • Thanks for uploading Today I needed it. It is my birthday Today I just Wonder what do I do when our Mental Health system is bad I live In Norway I have ADHD never seen A therapist or things like that only GP what do I do? Sorry for making this long

  • Fantastic video! As a RN clinician and someone who had to work many of the problems expressed here, it gives reason for a very difficult childhood with developmental and learning difficulties. Yes, my mother drank and unfortunately, I went to a parochial school where such behavior wasn't helped but punished and humiliated.

  • Thank you for your complete basic explanation. I wanted to add as a girl with a rare chromosomal disorder I was born with called Turners syndrome. I have noticed over my lifetime some girls with my syndrome have similar facial features to fas. So it is important for the public to know, because only a professional can diagnosis this disorder and their are other diseases and syndromes that can be similar in some ways. With Turners it does not usually affect the brain and has nothing to do with alcohol. Besides possible dyslexia … and fas or fasd does affect the brain and body in different cases … so ya. Just brought it up so non pro. understand that a child needs a professional diagnosis to understand fully and not judge a book by it's cover …. Thanks, Kate

  • wow, this video really got my attention! very insightful…….which made me start thinking about how other mental health issues affect pregnancy/delopment/miscarriage etc……I would love to see a video on dealing with an eating disorder during pregnancy and the effects/potential loss it has on both mother and baby?? thanks Kati xox

  • Kati, can you make a video about how to react and deal with comments and jokes toward our mental illnesses? Obviously, a lot of psychological terms are very over used and personally, when someone puts humor to my brain disorder, I usually have a spike in anxiety because it gives me a feeling that I either have to prove or hide my illness. I'm sure I'm not the only one who has these feelings, and I imagine talking about this could help a lot of us. Thanks!

  • Kati,
    I’ve been struggling with EDs for years and when I’ve recovered in the past it always took a really long time to start eating normally. This past week I’ve had this sudden motivation to recover and I’ve been doing really well. I just don’t understand how I could’ve gotten better so quickly, does this mean that it won’t last?

  • Hi kati,
    I'm just wondering if it's possible that some people are just past the point of help? I feel as if I've been struggling for so long and maybe all the talk therapy and medication just isn't suitable to me.
    Can Everyone get better ?
    I hope this all makes sense
    Thank you for your great work

  • Hi, Kati. I've been watching your videos for a while now and find a lot of comfort in them. I'm a single mom struggling with depression. I've been recovered from self harm for 4 years but recently have had more problems with my depression, suicidal ideation and self harm urges. The only thing that holds me back are my daughters. I've done a lot of research and cant seem to find anything talking about single moms or moms in general struggling with this. I've also recently began not eating a lot. Ive never had a good relationship with food but have never brought it up to my therapist since I am overweight currently and its embarasses me. Ive lost quite a bit of weight in a short time recently and so many people have told me how well I'm doing but what they don't know is I'm not eating like I should. At first I thought it was a symptom of my depression but now I'm finding myself restricting food on purpose and occassionally binging and purging (once a week or less). I'm not sure how to bring this up with my therapist or if ai even should. Do you deal with any young mothers that go through this kind of thing? And what would you reccomend I do?

  • Hey Kati, thank you so much for this video! I recently started working with children with disabilities and one of them has FAS. This video got me closer to understanding him and why he does the things he does, and gave me a basis for further research. Thank you so much for all the time you put into educating and helping people, it means so much!
    Hope you have a lovely day!

  • Hey Kati, I love your videos! I'm a 17 year old trans guy. I came out three years ago. My friends are amazing and my school has been invaluable in my support system. My parents, however, aren't accepting, and so I'm not able to come out to my extended family. How can I cope with my gender dysphoria over the holidays? Furthermore, how can I avoid internalizing the transphobia they've shown. A video on gender identity and/or gender dysphoria would be really cool.

  • Hey Kati, I have two questions
    1. I home tattoo myself (often when I'm having bad depressive episodes) and I like the pain of it. Does this count as self harm?
    2. I've been using eating disorder type behavior for about 1.5, 2 months. I feel like I should tell my therapists but I don't want them to make me stop. What should I do?

  • Nice video Kati.
    I don’t have FASD, my mom made it clear that she did not drink when she was pregnant with me, but because she drinks so much I wouldn’t blame people for thinking she did.
    @5:20 that is definitely Visual Processing Disorder.
    I have trouble with memory in school is well but it’s because I had brain surgery twice, because of hydrocephalus.
    I have had an IEP sense kindergarten.
    Btw, it Individualized Education Plan. ❤️
    I don’t have this disorder, but when it comes to learning disabilities, I can relate so much to people that do have it.
    Much love.

  • Thank you Kati! I had my first panic attack today and it terrified me. I had intense chest, stomach pain, and numerous other symptoms for roughly two hours. Thank you for posting videos about all sorts of topics. It helps to know that we are not alone no matter what we face. 💙

  • Love this video!
    I have had SO many dental patients that had FAS. They're souls are so beautiful, and they have told me so many stories of being bullied just because of being different..just heart breaking.
    I also have a good friend from my head injury support group that has ARNDD- he mentions the difficulties of the views society has on him because of his staggering walk down the street, or his forgetfulness, or just him in general. But he his positive attitude towards life and art outshines it most days for him.
    I am so happy you made this video, I will share it and forward it to a few people I know it will be beneficial for.
    Thanks for all you do kati. 💛

  • thank you so much for posting this. I am a psych student and have a friend with FASD and i only learned about it in one days worth of classes so i know little about it and trying to learn more. So thank you!. If you want something else to talk about i was just diagnosed with conversion disorder and still trying to figure that one out so a video on that would be really helpful.

  • Hey Katie could you talk about service animals for mental illnesses such as depression. My phyctrist suggested this and is going to talk about it with my therapist.

  • Brilliant video Kati. As an educator, I will share information on FASD as we need more knowledge and awareness of this syndrome.

  • Thank you for sharing this…I think this is so much of a larger problem than many of us know. Thanks for drawing attention and educating us on such an important issue!

  • Drinking, smoking doing drugs while pregnant, i hope mothers too be wil see this, now it is known 40 years ago lot of this was unknown sadly.

  • Interesring video Kati. Thank you for this education and the hope you spread.
    Could you talk a little about how to avoid falling in a cult-like group. Thank you again.

  • Can I ask what is non binary and how is it different between that and trans and how how would the people act if they are non binary .

  • Im having a hard time with my harm OCD i would like if you could answer my questions, 1. Is it normal to question if i actually want to harm myself, (I dont but thats not enough for my OCD) 2. what should i do to get rid of this? and um, iv'e been struggling with this thought for about a month and a half (Almost) and if it will go away with out me doing much? i would like your help please !

  • Could you maybe please make a video about Melancholia? My friend thinks that I️ have it but I️ want a professional opinion. Thanks.

  • I have a question for you Kati, my name is Rob and I was on OxyContin 60mg X3, and Fentanyl Transdermal patch 100 micrograms every other day for a little over 11 years I now have been off it for a little over three years and I feel like I'm not the same person anymore. Are there any known side effects of being opiate addicted for so long and on high doses. All medications were prescribed by My doctors never bought off the streets. Thank you. And email if you can help.:)

  • Is it true that if you have FAS that you are more prone to Alcoholism? My sisters Mom says she can't drink because of it.

  • i was at the doctors last week for a check up and it showed on computer system in my records that ive got defence alcohol syndrome im not sure they didnt word it properly maybe it was suppose to say FAS

  • on a similar topic, can you please do a video on the effects of alcohol on young children? an ex of mine once told me that his dad gave him alcohol regularly in juice when he was little "to shut him up". i could see that it'd had some serious effects on his cognitive abilities and behaviours, but i tried to research this out of curiosity only seemed to be able to find info on fasd. thanks

  • Hey kati! I was wondering if it is normal to think about killing yourself if something dont work out? Like: If i dont finish school i am going to kill myself or if im not married by 30 im going to kill myself. And is this something i should talk to my therapist about? I dont want people to freak out.

  • Now that I'm watching this video it makes me realize how important it is to avoid alcohol at any stage during a pregnancy, but I have a question. Recently I met a girl who is pregnant and every time I see her she's having a glass of wine. Being that I don't know her very well i felt the dilemma of whether I should say something or keep my opinion to myself. What would you do in a situation where you want to bring awareness to an expecting mother without seeming like you're trying to offend them?? I worry about the health of that baby.

  • People who drink during pregnancy need to be thrown in prison for life or something of the like. You shouldn't deserve to live a normal life if you're going to damn your child to a crappy one because of your dumb choices. That makes me so mad.

  • Hi Kati, I'm sorry if you've already answered this, but I couldn't find it on your website.
    I currently live at home and am not independent enough to seek therapy. However, I have a history of self-harm but my parents never had me get help (teen years so I was under 18). While I've been doing okay with that, I've been struggling with eating. I'm not sure if I have an eating disorder, but I get really anxious around it, have been restricting lately, and worrying about my weight even though I know I'm thin.
    Basically, I know I need to talk to someone, but my question is this: how do I seek help when I'm not living independently/how do i know if I have an eating disorder?

  • I studied FASD extensively as part of my neuroscience degree. This is an excellent video!!
    Feel free to get in contact with me if you wanna know a little more about the neural basis of it 🙂

  • Hey Kati!!! First off thankyou sooo much for your videos its helped me and others out so much!!! Um I was wondering what is it to feel 'normal' and is it normal to feel kind of bord most of the time and I guess feel like nothing???? Idk I do this when I'm in a group of friends…?
    But besides that, I hope you all have a lovely day!!!!!😊💛

  • Can you do a video on being diagnosed with both ADHD and anxiety cause I have both and when I was diagnosed with ADHD my pediatrician gave me the wrong diagnosis so I want more info on if that's possible

  • I just want to point out (bc I feel like it was not clear in the video) that people with FAS (can) have all the neuro behavioral symptoms of the other diagnoses (lack of impulse control, struggle with executive function, learning difficulties etc.), they just have the physical symptoms on top of that as well.
    I was one of those asking for this video bc my sister has FAS and there needs to be more awareness. So thanks for the video 🙂

  • Thanks for making this video, i have a version of this and my body never went through puberty. I'm curious if that is common or not.

  • Is it possible to have had alcohol while pregnant and have no effects on the baby? 😕My friend is almost 8 months pregnant and she barely found out and she had been getting drunk almost every weekend

  • this is also why they tell woman who are breastfeeding dont drink alcohol as well it can cause brain damage to the baby

    thx for this awesomely ha bisky vid i loved this so much

    this is also partly why i dont think ADHD/ADD exists at all i think its just part of another mental health issue like autism or this and there are many others that have ADD/ADHD sort of things with them including bipolar (running helps my cousin who has bipolar and she could never sit still because of it) the meds only made things worse

  • well with wine they do say having a few glasses is fine at some point in pregnancy and to say its not is how woman are now going to jail for miscarriages and being told they murdered their baby

    also showing a baby TV at to young of an age can cause some of these things as well that is why they say dont let your child see any screens until they are something like 2-3 years old

    if they do watch TV for the first time it should be a slow paced show like dinosaurs or movie

    my first movie i ever sat through completely was brave little toaster and that is a long ass slow paced movie

  • I walked at 11 months. Talked at 1 year. I have FAS with subtle facial features, but my issues are more behavior and impulse control. I have a 146 IQ and met most of my developmental milestones early or on time. I was reading by age 3 and could write my full name by 5 and a half.

  • OMG KATI THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH I LOVE THAT YOU GOT MY BOOK! I have an IEP. The ND-PAE sounds like a thing that I could have but I’m not sure. I also don’t have any visual effects. IM LEGIT GONNA CRY BC IVE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS VIDEO FOREVER!!!! I DIDN’T SEE IT UNTIL NOW!!! I really really appreciate this soooo much thank you soooo much.

  • My little brother has fasd. But I don't know how to get him proper help because he lives with my mother and shes narcissist. If I were to confront her about it she would deny everything but he was misdiagnosed with autism. And he's neglected at home, it hurts that I can't do anything for him.

  • I'm always try to learn 2 things at once. Reading while listening to podcasts. I keep forgetting what I was going to do when I'm almost there. Why I went to another room…?

  • I have FASD, and my step father tells me i cant do things like other people. That i am not good enough or smart enough to do so. But he is wrong.

    I realized exercise can help keep my mind at ease, so I started exercising.
    I now wake up at 4:30 every morning to jog and be alone
    Away from the stress of the day ahead, i watch the sunrise while breathing in the cool morning air. I start my day early and on great notes, and found myself doing better than people around me without FASD.

    I control myself well each day. I even got a good neighbor who award in elementary school.
    I rarely forget important things.
    I havent thrown a tantrum since, maybe, 3rd grade.
    A few breakdowns here and there, but only when really stressed and alone.
    Despite my set backs I am becoming a writer and people tell me im doing well.
    I was doing very well until someone told me I couldn't do well because I had FASD. But i proved them very wrong.

    Even if you have it worse than me, don't be held down. No matter what mental obstacles, you can always pursue happiness and your dreams.
    Dont be stopped by these things.
    We all got to this point from nothing. We can make it anywhere else we want to go.

  • I have fetal alcohol sydrome as my mother drank while she was pregnant with me and did drugs I'm 15 now life is impossible please don't do this to your children

  • Hey I actually have FASD

    And well it’s just such an embarrassment to me because I am in High school and I feel so dumb and stupid and I have so much trouble Learning things in School and it’s just a struggle for me. I was told I have FASD when I was 14 and now am 15 and still not much has develop I wish I was normal.welp thanks for listening. Even though you’re reading this😆 well I’m going to go now bye 😕

  • I have FAS and it broke my heart when I found out what it was. I found out a few years ago what FAS is and it's horrible that my mom drank while pregnant with me. I have many of the side effects of it also. I wish more people knew about FASD and also be smart enough not to drink while pregnant.

  • I have fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. I dont have the physical features. Its really hard for me to carry out everyday life things. Im 25. There is slim to none info on people who are on the spectrum but an adult. Everything is about children. Im interested what adults feel who fall on the spectrum.

  • I saw this on a “what you cannot unsee once you know” Ask Reddit and it was “the symptoms of fas” and now that I look at Mr Beast…I wonder

  • I was a FASD baby my mom was using heroine at the time was she was pregnant all the way throu the pregnancy with me is that the same a drinking when pregnant or is that different now I’m 39 an feel different to other ppl 😫😖😫

  • Great video. As the parent of two children with FASD via adoption I find there are few videos which provide a balanced perspective. Very well done video and highly accurate for someone who’s not inside the community and living with the realities of it themselves. Thanks, Kati, for bringing light to this!

  • omg, I just remembered that my aunt drank beer while she was pregnant and she said it was fine and me and my mom believed her. now my cousin is very problematic. She is super violent as well. She is 5 years old. She also is not good at walking at all. She is also VERY HYPER. Are whole family is very calm and not hyper at all. She might have something else but……..the drinking.

  • I started school in 2001 and in my class, we had FASD kid, but the thing is nobody told us he had FASD, he had a different face, always a bit of saliva in corner of his mouth and took special tests or was graded differently, but beyond that he was perfectly normal and in 8 years that I knew him nobody asked "what is wrong whit you" or "why are you graded differently", you couldn't tell by speaking to him that he had trouble learning and we even hang out whit him, and in-class presentations he did his part the best he could, he attended breakdancing and was very good at it and all around was treated like the normal kid.
    Only recently I found out about FASD and had the epiphany

  • Can a person have FAS or a different version of it and have another condition that affects their mental ability?

  • I have FASD, no physical conditions, but I was diagnosed with anxiety depression and ADHD before FASD and its hard to find anyone like a counselor who knows that anxiety, depression, adhd, all lie under the umbrella of FASD, and that theres different ways to approach these "symptoms" besides medicine or ways that go hand in hand, because our minds work differently.

  • the fas hysteria in the 70s didn't lower rates of fas. this is because the severe alcoholic women weren't going to stop anyway, so their rates stayed the same. the women who were drinking moderately or lightly during pregnancy stopped, but their rates of fas didn't change. because it takes an average of 6 drinks per day to cause any level of issue. SCIENCE is your friend. read the research instead of clinging to something you feel will make you superior to other mombies. 🙂

  • the fas hysteria in the 70s didn't lower rates of fas. this is because the severe alcoholic women weren't going to stop anyway, so their rates stayed the same. the women who were drinking moderately or lightly during pregnancy stopped, but their rates of fas didn't change. because it takes an average of 6 drinks per day to cause any level of issue. SCIENCE is your friend. read the research instead of clinging to something you feel will make you superior to other mombies. 🙂

  • the fas hysteria in the 70s didn't lower rates of fas. this is because the severe alcoholic women weren't going to stop anyway, so their rates stayed the same. the women who were drinking moderately or lightly during pregnancy stopped, but their rates of fas didn't change. because it takes an average of 6 drinks per day to cause any level of issue. SCIENCE is your friend. read the research instead of clinging to something you feel will make you superior to other mombies. 🙂

  • the fas hysteria in the 70s didn't lower rates of fas. this is because the severe alcoholic women weren't going to stop anyway, so their rates stayed the same. the women who were drinking moderately or lightly during pregnancy stopped, but their rates of fas didn't change. because it takes an average of 6 drinks per day to cause any level of issue. SCIENCE is your friend. read the research instead of clinging to something you feel will make you superior to other mombies. 🙂

  • A woman I know of didn't even know she was pregnant and had drinks over Christmas and New year as many people do ….
    How many people know they are pregnant after 4 to 5 weeks gestation and WHO DOESN'T have celebratory drinks over the Christmas season? ? Her child had fetal alcohol syndrome and she was made to feel like a terrible person .

  • Hello I am Susie Schule I got FASD my real mom was drinking when I was a baby I learn a lots of FASD stuff all my life

  • Hmmmm interesting. Trying to educate myself to figure out if my ex husband was maybe on the fasd spectrum….anyone know anything about Tourettes? Is there any way someone with a mild case of fasd be misdiagnosed with some form of Tourettes? Especially ~30 years ago?

  • I’m not sure if I have FAS because I do have a couple of the facial features, but I don’t have any learning disabilities at all. I’m not trying to be ignorant or rude (sorry if anyone takes it that way.)

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