About FASD

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a term that describes a range of neurodevelopment disabilities that may affect people whose mothers drank alcohol while they were pregnant.

The most important things about the diagnosis is to know they are spectrums, the label does not have to be your identity, unless you want it to be, and to understand what the diagnosis specifically means to you.

An FASD can be challenges with:

  • Emotional regulation

  • Sensory regulation

  • Executive functioning


Focus on your strengths

It is important that you focus on your strengths and lean into your interests.

Embrace yourself

It is important that you embrace who you are. We are all different and different is ok.

Positive self talk

Have compassion for yourself. You are doing the best you can with what you know.


How do I explain an FASD to other people?

It is important to know that you do not have to tell people you have an FASD unless you want to.

When telling others you have an FASD diagnosis it is helpful if you are specific in what challenges you have, and the strategies that you use, so others can help you.


I have a hard time getting out of bed in the morning (I set 3 alarm clocks)

I have a hard time remembering things (I make lists)

I have a hard time being on time (I use a day timer and set cell phone reminders)

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