ERIC Number: ED351167
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
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Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in Adolescents and Adults.
Bert, Cynthia R. Greene; Bert, Minnie
Persons with fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) may be diagnosed at birth based on specific symptoms and anomalies. These are history of prenatal alcohol exposure, mental retardation, central nervous system dysfunctions, growth deficiency, particular physical anomalies, and speech and language anomalies. With aging, cranial and skeletal anomalies become more pronounced. FAS adolescents and adults exhibit deficits in interpersonal relationships, immature social skills, confusing and nonproductive communication, poor daily living skills, and attention deficits. Easily influenced and excessively friendly, FAS persons are often exploited. No one documented to date has been capable of living a fully independent life. Adolescents may display inappropriate sexual behavior; isolation; loneliness; depression; and inappropriate expectations for work, school, and independence. FAS adolescents and adults have many unmet needs: adequate sheltered living and work experiences for all (not just the mentally retarded); realistic goals and expectations; structure in every aspect of life; respite care for caretakers; individual and family counseling and support groups; lifelong case management that encompasses legal and financial issues, academic and vocational training, occupational counseling and guidance, and psychosocial and developmental evaluation; and FAS inservice education for professionals. American Indians have a higher incidence of FAS than other populations. Tribes must develop community strategies for prevention or face the death of Indian Country. (SV)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Authoring Institution: Independent Native American Development Corp. of Florida, Miami.