Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

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Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) are a set of entirely preventable mental and physical birth defects caused by maternal alcohol consumption. This damage is manifested in physiological, learning and behavioural disabilities in the individual. This course enables learners to understand what Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is, the physical and cognitive features of the disorder and the impact that it can have on children and families.

What is Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder?

Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is an umbrella term that covers a range of alcohol-related birth defects. These are all caused by exposure to alcohol when the foetus is still in the womb. Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders include:


  • Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS)
  • Partial Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (PFAS)
  • Alcohol Related Neuro-developmental Disorder (ARND)
  • Alcohol Related Birth Defects (ARBD)
  • Foetal Alcohol Effects (FAE)


Children born with FASD may exhibit mental and physiological challenges including visual impairment, problems with sleep, heart defects, liver problems, problems with the immune system, delays in speech and language development, hyperactivity, impulsive behaviour, memory problems, learning difficulties and behavioural problems. As a spectrum disorder, FASD affects each child differently, and to a different extent.

Although the condition is thought to affect around 1 out of every 1,000 babies born, many children with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder remain undiagnosed, or have their symptoms mistaken for other conditions such as autism. So it is important for all professionals working with children and young people to understand the effects of FASD and be able to recognise them in order to offer support.


About the Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder course

Written by:

Jo Buckard, expert in  FASD, a trainer from the National Organisation for Foetal Alcohol Syndrome-UK and owner of Red Balloon Training.

What it covers:

This course on Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder covers the following topics:

  • Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
  • What is FASD?
  • Alcohol in pregnancy
  • Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder features
  • Life stages
  • Progression
  • Education
  • Support
  • Strategies to support FASD children


This course is meets the Training, Support and Development Standards as outlined in The Fostering Services (England) Regulations (2011).

More information on Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

To take part in the FASD e-learning course, or to enquire about face-to-face training on Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, just complete our call back form with your contact details and we’ll contact you.

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Learning outcomes

On completing this course on FASD, participants will be able to:

  • Understand what Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is
    • Identify the causes of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
    • Explain the signs at symptoms at different ages
  • Understand diagnosis
    • Learn why diagnosis is important
    • Describe how to get a diagnosis
  • Understand Strategies that can be employed
    • Identify strategies for use at home
    • Explain strategies for use at home
  • Understand what Plans are needed for the future
    • Identify specific areas of support needed
    • Give examples of support

Additional Information

This course is also available tailored to the Education Sector

Course rating

I have taken lots and lots of e-courses through work and this is the best by far that I have accessed with much more relevant information and the test at the end being more thorough than is normal. I thoroughly enjoyed the course. Thanks.

Foster carer, Carmarthenshire
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