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There are 9 brain functions that can potentially be affected by alcohol during pregnancy.
As parents, we have expectations for our children based on their age, for example ‘Katie should be able to walk to school by herself because she is old enough’. This thinking assumes that the child is meeting their developmental milestones. Research has shown that children and teenagers with FASD are usually developmentally younger than their peers. However, we must remember that every child is unique. The diagram shows common stages of development for a teenager with FASD. In some ways the young person may be developmentally average or indeed, ahead of their peers, yet, in other areas they may be well behind. Imagine how problems could be avoided if expectations were adjusted to match a