FASD and it's Affect on Language

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

What is FASD?

  • Umbrella term
  • Various signs and symptoms - poor habituation, weak suckle, failure to thrive, attention and language difficulties, cognitive impairments
  • Fetus is affected
  • Language disorders in concept formation, fluency, memory, and impaired intellectual abilities

FASD Statistics

  • It is estimated that 8 out of every 1000 live births result in lifelong consequences on the child
  • "85% of children with FASD have had some level of language impairment with almost 70% presenting with severe language deficits".


(Landgraf, Nothacker, Kopp, & Heinen, 2013, p. 703)
(Proven, Ens, & Beaudin, 2014, p. 272)