Child and Maternal Health
FASD Awareness Day 2020
The 9th day of the 9th month is internationally recognised as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Day. FASD is a neurodevelopmental condition caused by alcohol exposure in the womb. It is common in Western countries, with estimated prevalence in the UK at ~3-5%.
FASD is a largely preventable condition and we can all play a part in having supportive conversations about the Chief Medical Officer’s advice of “no alcohol, no risk” for women and men who are planning a pregnancy or expecting a child.
Most individuals with FASD do not have obvious facial or physical features. It is often described as ‘an invisible condition’ affecting both the brain and body, with subsequent impacts on day to day function. With early identification and the correct support positive outcomes are achievable for those with FASD. The key to this is truly understanding the unique brain profile of the individual; harnessing strengths and supporting difficulties within a safe and nurturing environment.
To aid this, the Scottish Government have invested in the formation of the Fetal Alcohol Advisory & Support Team (FAAST) and the development of resources to compliment the SIGN Guideline (156) and patient booklet published in January 2019. These resources include a Parent & Carer guide and more recently, a guide for people in an educational role.
Alongside this, the team have chosen FASD Awareness Day 2020 to, designed especially for children & families. This pack contains copies of the resources, plus an array of practical aids such as a visual planner, a voice recorder to support working memory and sensory toys. Example packs have been sent to all Health Boards across NHS Scotland and to our partners in FASD Hub Scotland. FASD Hub Scotland also offer direct support and advice to families and individuals affected by FASD and can be contacted on their website.
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