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Communication Corner – September is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Month

FASD Awareness Month hopes to bring awareness to the various ways this disorder can present. Fifty years ago, doctors diagnosed the first person with FASD. FASD is caused by exposure to alcohol prenatally in the womb. Some estimates indicate that FASD occurs in up to 5 out of every 100 children. As we gain awareness about FASD, we also learn about how it impacts things like communication and how we can help.

Impacts may include:

  • Attention/Memory Concerns
  • School Difficulties
  • Learning Disabilities/IQ Scores
  • Speech/Language Delays
  • Vision/Hearing Concerns

Supports may include:

  • Speech/Language Evaluations
  • Visual Schedules
  • Communication Boards/Apps
  • Supportive Communication Partners
  • Wait Time to Process and Respond
  • Clarifying Understanding
  • Repeating
  • Clear, Concrete Language

Interested in more great info? Click here for our Communication and FASD tip sheet.