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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Exposure to alcohol during pregnancy can be harmful to the brain of the developing baby and can result in fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs). It is estimated that 1 out of 13 pregnant individuals who consumed alcohol while pregnant delivered a child with FASDs. It is the leading cause of developmental disabilities worldwide (Lange et al., 2017). 

This course reviews the causes, diagnosis, consequences, and management of FASDs. Discussion includes that of the spectrum of birth defects related to prenatal alcohol consumption, the effects of FASDs, and how behavioral health providers have a role in preventing FASDs and caring for patients with FASDs.

The goal of this course is to provide addictions, behavioral health counseling, marriage and family therapy, nursing, psychology, and social work professionals in health and human service settings with information about FASDs, as well as strategies for prevention and treatment. 

DSM™ and DSM-5™ are registered trademarks of the American Psychiatric Association. The American Psychiatric Association is not affiliated with nor endorses this course.

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