FETAL ALCOHOL SYNDROME FETAL ALCOHOL EFFECTS What Is It?. Presented by: Linda R. Hamilton, LPC, LMFT for Charlottesville Health Summit 2010. FETAL ALCOHOL SYNDROME FETAL ALCOHOL EFFECTS. It is the leading cause of a wide range of birth defects and
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Presented by: Linda R. Hamilton, LPC, LMFT
for Charlottesville Health Summit 2010
It is the leading cause of a wide range of birth defects and
developmental disorders, particularly intellectual disabilities. (Some babies born with FAS or FAE, however, have normal IQ’s; some are higher than normal.
It is caused a woman’s use of alcohol during pregnancy. It is not caused by any other event.
It is 100% preventable! (Reportedly, over 75% of women of child-bearing age drink alcohol.)
What Does this Mean:
Telephone answering machines—can repeat word for word what you say, then go off and do something different.
Can “talk the talk” but not “walk the walk.” Behaviors do not match their words.
Expressive language is better than receptive language. Sheer amount of speech may mask shallowness of content or lack of connectedness with behavior.
Inconsistent mastery. What is learned on Monday may be forgotten by Wednesday. Test 100% on Monday; 25% on Wednesday.
2. Difficulty generalizing information.
3. Difficulty in perception.
4. Alcohol and other drugs.