Identifying Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

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Identifying Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS)

Physical Characteristics Related to FAS, ARND or ARBD

GROWTH DEFICIENCIES MAY INCLUDE:

FACIAL MALFORMATIONS MAY INCLUDE:

  • Low birth weight
  • Small size for age in weight and length
  • Small head for age
  • Failure to thrive
  • Short eye slits
  • Droopy eyelids
  • Widely spaced eyes
  • Nearsightedness
  • Crossed eyes
  • Short upturned nose
  • Low and/or wide bridge of the nose
  • Flat or smooth area between the nose and lip
  • Thin upper lip
  • Flat midface
  • Small underdeveloped jaw

OTHER EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE:

  • Large or malformed ears
  • Underdeveloped fingernails or toenails
  • Short neck
  • Poor eye-hand coordination
  • Hearing problems
  • Joint and bone abnormalities

 

Behavioral Characteristics Related to FAS, ARND and ARBD

Children with FAS, ARND and ARBD often have behavior problems due to brain injury. Some have more behavioral problems than others. Some are so severely affected that they cannot function independently in the community. Behavior problems will vary with the individual.

THEY INCLUDE:

OTHER EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE:

  • Hyperactivity
  • Stubbornness
  • Impulsiveness
  • Passiveness
  • Fearlessness
  • Irritability
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Teasing or bullying of others

 

From 1989 - 1996 Dr. Turben was Assistant Professor of Teacher Education at John Carroll University. In addition to teaching Teach Education and Early Childhood-Special Education courses, she supervised masters and post-baccalaureate programs that lead to the PreK, Kindergarten, and Early Education of Handicapped Children validations. She has done research concerning the effectiveness of home visits, the importance of neighborhoods as social structures and parent involvement in schools.
  • Hypersensitivity to sound and touch
  • Difficulty with change
  • Organizational difficulties
  • Poor self-image
  • Overstimulation difficulties
  • Depression or withdrawal
  • Problems with truancy
  • Problems with sexuality

 

 

 

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