Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is an umbrella term describing the range of effects caused by prenatal alcohol exposure, or drinking alcohol during pregnancy. Alcohol is a teratogen which affects the frontal lobe of the brain, among other things. This area of the brain controls decision making, judgment, problem solving, and generalized learning. As a result, people with an FASD may have social and developmental delays, a slower processing pace, taking longer to understand something or think of an answer, a short attention span, memory problems, poor judgment and problem solving skills, difficulty predicting outcomes, trouble connecting actions and consequences, and poor impulse control. They may have physical, mental, behavioral, and/or learning disabilities with possible lifelong implications.
NOFAS NH is comprised of a group of passionate individuals from diverse backgrounds including parents of children with FASD and professionals from the medical, human services and business field who desire to bring awareness and education of FASD to our New Hampshire community. NOFAS NH holds a seat on the Governor’s Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, Treatment and Recovery Perinatal Substance Exposure Task Force.