Information for Healthcare Providers
This section of our website has tools and information about fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) for health care providers, including free educational materials to give to patients.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has developed a comprehensive, web-based FASD Toolkit that helps to raise awareness, promote surveillance and screening, and ensure that all children living with FASDs receive appropriate and timely interventions. This comprehensive toolkit serves as the framework for the management of a child with an FASD in the medical home. The toolkit includes a variety of resources and tools, such as information on identification, diagnosis, and referral including a clinical decision algorithm and provider checklist; patient management resources such as sample care plans, case studies, scripts for talking with families of children diagnosed with an FASD; practice management tools like how to build an effective FASD team and billing and coding information; frequently asked questions for providers and families; and resources for in-depth training.
Alcohol and Women: How to Screen and Intervene
In this CDC Expert Commentary in partnership with Medscape, Dr. Joe Sniezek discusses steps health care providers can take to detect and intervene with women who drink alcohol at risky levels. Advice is based on guidance from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: Guidelines for Referral and Diagnosis
This report provides diagnostic guidelines for FAS and information about referrals, services for people with FASDs and their families, and strategies for screening and advising women about risky drinking.
Resources from The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)
Tools developed by ACOG help women’s health care providers in identifying women who drink too much and in providing brief educational counseling to reduce or eliminate alcohol use. Resources include a cell phone app, downloadable patient information sheets, current news articles, treatment referral information, and more.
Online Training Available from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
An AAP PediaLink course, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: Identification and Management, emphasizes the importance of the primary care provider in suspecting or identifying FASDs, making proper referrals, and facilitating appropriate health care, education, and community services.
Training & Education
Find training and educational resources for health care providers. This includes intervention tools, curriculum, and information on the Regional Training Centers.
View, print, and order brochures, posters, and other materials for health care providers and their patients.
Healthcare Provider Resource Kit
The free child development Healthcare Provider Resource Kit contains information to give to families on developmental milestones, fact sheets on several developmental disabilities (including FASDs), informational cards and stand, posters, and a growth chart.
Russian Language Web-Based Resource
This is the first Russian language web-based resource developed specifically for FASDs, including information for women and a special section with an online tutorial providing education for physicians, psychologists, and other health professionals.
Data & Statistics
Find data and statistics related to FASDs, including state prevalence, alcohol use, and economic costs.
Find a summary of CDC research on FASDs, including surveillance, tracking, prevention of alcohol-exposed pregnancies and interventions for children programs.
Read CDC's latest scientific articles on FASDs.
Links to Other Websites
Find more information and resources from other organizations on FASDs.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
Division of Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
1600 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30333
TTY: (888) 232-6348
- Contact CDC-INFO