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Lifelong Effects of FASD

Often the neurological damage goes undiagnosed, but not unpunished. They can become the forgotten kids - the children that have nearly invisible disabilities. They have their arms and legs, can see and hear, run, play, etc., but most have never been to a birthday party or a sleepover. They are last to be chosen to play, and first to be blamed. Their illnesses aren't fatal, but a small part of their hearts and souls die with every rejection. Their behaviors may seem odd or unpredictable to themselves as much as society.

- Bruce Richie (FASLink)

FASD can cause the following permanent brain disorders:

  • Intellectual Disability


  • Mental Retardation


  • Memory Disorders


  • Learning Disorders


  • Attention Disorders


  • Sensory Disorders


  • Speech and Language Disorders


  • Mood Disorders


  • Behavioral Disorders


  • Autism Spectrum Disorders


  • Sleep Disorders


FASD can cause the following permanent body disorders:

  • Visual and Eye Defects


  • Hearing and Ear Defects


  • Mouth, Teeth, and Facial Defects


  • Weak Immune System


  • Epilepsy


  • Liver Damage


  • Kidney Defects


  • Heart Defects


  • Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Defects


  • Height and Weight Deficiencies


  • Hormonal Disorders


  • Skeletal Defects


  • Genital Defects


FASD can cause the following permanent emotional disorders:

  • Loneliness


  • School Expulsions


  • Addictions


  • Chronic Unemployment


  • Promiscuity


  • Unplanned Pregnancies


  • Sexual Deviancy


  • Poverty


  • Criminality


  • Prison


  • Homelessness


  • Depression


  • Suicide