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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder An Overview of Deficits

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This 40 slide material provides an overview for speech-language pathologists regarding how alcohol consumption during pregnancy affects the structure and function of a child’s developing brain. It also describes symptoms of alcohol-related speech/language deficits in children of varying ages from infancy through adolescence, as well as lists challenges with reliable identification and diagnosis of alcohol-related deficits.


  1. List  the terms associated with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).
  2. Explain FASD-related diagnostic challenges
  3. Describe how prenatal alcohol abuse can change the structure and function of the developing brain.
  4. Describe symptoms of alcohol- related speech/language deficits in children of varying ages.

Product Details:

  • FASD Overview
  • Types of Damage
  • List of Current FASD Terms
  • Updated FASD Guidelines for Identification
  • FASD Related Statistics US
  • Misdiagnosis and Missed Diagnoses in Foster and Adopted Children With Prenatal Alcohol Exposure
  • The Toll of Misdiagnosis
  • FAS related diagnostic challenges
  • Prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in 4 US Communities
  • The “Controversy of Visibility”
  • Structural Damage
    •  Oral Cavity
    • Hearing Mechanism
  • Alcohol Related Cognitive-Linguistic Deficits
  • Genetics and FASD
  • FASD Related Brain Damage
    • Frontal Lobes
    • Prefrontal cortex
    • Corpus Callosum
    • Basal Ganglia
    • Hypothalamus
    • Amygdala
    • Hippocampus
    • Cerebellum
  • Alcohol Related Damage Summary
  • Infants with alcohol related deficits
  • Toddlers with alcohol related deficits
  • School Aged Children and FASD
  • Adolescents with FASD
  • Secondary Conditions and FASD
  • Conclusion
  • References


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