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What is fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) and why is it important that I know about it?

Kids Quest: FASDs


What should you know?

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) are a group of conditions that can occur in a person whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy. These effects can include physical problems and problems with behavior and learning. Often, a person with an FASD has a mix of these problems. Let's learn more...

Follow the 8 steps below for your Web Quest.

Step 1: See what you think about kids who may have FASDs. Take the Fact Checkup!

Step 2: Think about some questions to ask. Let's see...

Step 3: Check out some quick facts.

Step 4: Check out some great websites to help you learn more.

Step 5: Find out about people you can read about to help with your Quest.

Step 6: Learn about movies and books that can give you information.

Step 7: Check out your school and neighborhood.

Step 8: Now see if your attitudes have changed. Take the Fact Checkup again.

Let's see...

What is fetal alcohol spectrum disorders(FASDs) and why is it important for me to know about them? What does a kid with an FASD look like? Do we know what causes fetal alcohol spectrum disorders? How can fetal alcohol spectrum disorders be prevented?

Some things to think about...

  • How are families affected by fetal alcohol spectrum disorders?
  • How can I talk with my parents about fetal alcohol spectrum disorders?
  • How many people in the United States have fetal alcohol spectrum disorders?

Can you think of more questions to help you in your Quest? Click here to write them down so you'll remember them as you move through this QUEST.

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Quick Facts

Pregnant woman looking at a table of alcoholHere are some facts that may help you answer some of your Web Quest questions. Remember, these facts will only give you basic information.

  • When a mom drinks alcohol while she is pregnant, her baby can be born with an FASD.
  • Children with FASDs often have problems with learning, attention, memory, and problem solving, along with poor coordination, impulsiveness, and speech and hearing impairments.
  • As kids with FASDs grow up, school behaviors, emotional, and social problems often get worse.

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World-Wide Web Search

Sara's QuestSara's Health Quest, National Institute of Drug Abuse
Join Sara as she investigates how dangerous drugs other than alcohol can affect the human brain or check out some of the other cool activities on this website.

Kids HealthKidsHealth Organization: What Kids say about drinking alcohol
The grownups in your life have probably told you that you aren't allowed to have alcoholic drinks, such as beer or wine. But what do kids think about this issue? KidsHealth wanted to know, so they asked 690 kids ages 9 to 13.

CDCFacts about FASDs
Learn facts about FASDs like signs and symptom, and how children are treated.

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Read about people who have fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.


The Story of Iyal

This video tells the story of one family living with FASDs. Every family has unique experiences, challenges, and successes. The intent of this video is not to endorse specific interventions, but to share one family’s story and hope.

View short version of video (3:41)
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Movies and Books

Book Cover: The Best I can Be: Living with FASDThe Best I Can Be: Living with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome or Effects

Authors: Jodee Kulp, Liz Kulp
Publisher: Better Endings New Beginnings (March 24, 2009)
Ages 9-12
A young teen with an FASD challenges the world to peer inside her life and brain. Through her own writings the reader is taken on a life changing journey that will impact his or her thinking about how to help and understand children with brain damage due to alcohol exposure during pregnancy.

Book Cover: Forgetful Frankie, The World's Greatest Rock SkipperForgetful Frankie, The World's Greatest Rock Skipper, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Authors: Jill Bobula, Katherine Bobula
Publisher: Wildberry Productions Inc.; 1st edition (June 30, 2009)
Forgetful Frankie helps to teach children to be tolerant and understanding of those who are different and those who are living with FASDs. Frankie creates a wonderful world full of fun and forgets about the rules and consequences. He shares the challenges and joys of living with an FASD. Join Frankie as he brings you along on his exciting journey.

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My School and Neighborhood

No FASNational Organization on Fetal Alchohol Syndrome has developed a K-12 FASD Education and Prevention Curriculum for teachers to implement with students. The curriculum provides age-appropriate information about the consequences that alcohol can have on human development while also encouraging youth to be tolerant and accepting of all individuals regardless of the person’s individual capabilities or disabilities. Talk with your teachers and see if they would help you get this curriculum for your school.

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Links outside this website

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