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Improving understanding of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in Wales

Llun o aelodau FASD Cymru yn lansiad ffi

FASD CYMRU at a Glance

Promoting awareness, developing training and supporting families with FASD in Wales

Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is caused by exposure of a foetus to alcohol in the womb. Recent research suggests that as many as 1 in 6 children in the UK may have FASD, but most of them remain undiagnosed. Only 1 in 10 with FASD have distinctive facial features. FASD is a lifelong condition. Everyone with FASD is affected in a unique way but common difficulties include following instructions and remembering facts, paying attention, reading and understanding words and numbers, writing and co-ordination, starting, keeping going and finishing tasks, coping with transitions and change, social and emotional immaturity, needing to learn by doing, sensory sensitivity, severe anxiety and tiring very quickly. Together with All Wales Forumwe have produced a film about FASD called ‘Think brain, not blame’. It was launched at the Senedd in Cardiff in November 2019, with the help of Elin Jones, our Assembly Member and Dr Dai Lloyd.

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Online training is available throughout Wales

via Zoom or Teams.

Please contact us at for further information.

FASD awareness training

Neurodiversity awareness training for schools

Extended introduction to FASD

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Learn all about how FASD affects behaviour and learning. Find out what you can do to help your child
or pupil with FASD reach their full potential.

How do different forms of neurodiversity affect learning? What are the advantages of having a brain that works differently? What helps pupils with neurodiverse brains to learn? Where can I find out more?

What is FASD? How common is FASD in the UK? How does alcohol affect the development of the foetus? How can the brain be affected? What changes when we notice symptoms of brain damage rather than poor behaviour? What helps at home and in school? How does FASD overlap with other forms of neurodiversity?


Definition of FASD

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Ten brain challenges in FASD

What helps with FASD at home

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Tips for family life

What helps with FASD in school

What helps with FASD in school or colleg

Tips for teachers

Useful links

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Further information

“Children with FASD are 10-second children in a 1-second world”

Diane Malbin, FASCETS Inc.


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