Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a term used to describe the range of problems caused by drinking alcohol during pregnancy, including physical, mental, behavioural and learning disabilities. The effects are often invisible, leaving children and adults with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder vulnerable and misunderstood.

During pregnancy, it is not safe to drink alcohol – any type, any amount, at any time.

It's best to get advice and support early if you're worried that your child may have fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: 

Get an Assessment

Ask your doctor about getting a referral for an assessment.

The Complex Developmental Behavioural Conditions (CDBC) Network offers assessment services for children and teens who have significant difficulties in their development and learning, mental health, and adaptive and social skills.

Support From a Key Worker

Children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder do best when their individual strengths are recognized. A key worker helps to to do this by:

  • Finding ways that parents, family members, caregivers and service providers can adapt the child’s environment
  • Giving emotional and practical support to families along with education and information tailored specifically to their needs
  • Referring families and parents to resources like training, support groups or mentoring programs

Support from a key worker is free – families can contact one at any time, even before an assessment.

Support for Educators

Useful Contacts

Please contact the Children & Youth with Special Needs Branch if would like more information.

Telephone: 250 952-6044
Alternate
Telephone:
1 877 387-7027
Street
Address:
PO Box 9719 STN PROV GOVT Victoria, BC, V8W 9S1
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