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Who We Are & What We Do: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

The Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) Program at Children’s Specialized Hospital treats patients with physical and/or mental defects resulting from maternal alcohol or drug use during pregnancy.

At birth, a patient affected by fetal alcohol syndrome may display physical defects such as, abnormal facial features, premature in body size and/or head size.

Behavioral and medical interventions are typically used in combination for the treatment of FAS. For patients not displaying physical abnormalities or defects at birth, signs of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder may be apparent during stages of early childhood development or during teenage years. Signs include: extreme irritability, self-abusive behavior, developmental delays and learning disabilities, and lack of social skills. Treatment can vary depending on age of diagnosis.