Early Signs – Infant to Adulthood

Identifying FASD can be difficult because of the broad range of FASD signs and symptoms that are not covered by a simple or single test.

Parents can monitor their child’s physical, developmental, and behavioral progress, and consult their pediatrician if there are concerns.

All children with involvement in foster care or adoption processes, especially international adoptions, should always be evaluated for a possible FASD.



• Small size at birth • Small head size/microcephaly • Poor growth or “failure to thrive” • Feeding and sleeping problems • Delayed development


• Small for age • Small head size/microcephaly • Short attention span/hyperactivity • Speech delay • Poor coordination


Early School Years

• Kindergarten delayed or repeated • Learning problems • Attention deficit disorder/hyperactivity • Poor impulse control • Memory problems • Difficulty making or keeping friends

Older Children and Teens

• Learning problems • Poor impulse control • Poor peer relationships • Difficulty recognizing “personal space” of others • High risk for truancy/dropout.


Managing money • Finding and/or maintaining employment • Living independently • Problems with the law •    Inappropriate social skills


Department of Health:

CDC Resources:

Healthcare Provider Resource Kit                            http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/freematerials.html

“If You’re Concerned”                                               http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/concerned.html

“Milestone Checklists”                                              http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/milestones/index.html

Easter Seals · “Take the Questionnaire”                 http://es.easterseals.com/site/PageNavigator/ntlc10_mffc_homepageasq.html

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