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>Can We Talk About the Toddler Years With FASD?

April 17, 2011

>Currently, most adopted Korean children are coming home at 16-18 months or older. Many parents know from their referral that their child has been prenatally exposed to alcohol and those parents watch their kids and wonder: Is this typical two year old behavior, or does it hint at an FASD?

Can I ask those of you raising kids with FASD to look back at the toddler years? What about your child who has an FASD was different during their toddler years than the typical “terrible twos”?

Here are the characteristics MOFAS lists. But you’ll see why parents are confused: many of these features could characterize developing attachment and/or be dismissed as within the range of  typical.

Toddlers and Pre-School Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

  • Poor memory
  • Hyperactivity (can’t sit still)
  • Frequent temper tantrums
  • Low hearing threshold
  • Lack of “stranger anxiety”
  • Problems adapting to new things and new situations
  • No natural fear of danger
  • Perceptual difficulties
  • Language problems
  • Poor motor coordination
  • Delayed toilet training
  • Difficulty following directions
  • Easily distractible
  • Short attention span
  • Deveopmental delays
  • Speech, fine and/or gross motor delays
  • Lack of connection between actions and consequences
  • Erratic sleeping and eating patterns
  • Have little or no sequential learning

Source: Minnesota FASDRN binder, MOFAS, no date, no page

So what, if anything, raised red flags for you when your kids were toddlers?

There is no need to reinvent the wheel in the comments section. If you have old posts about this on your blog, please feel free share the links. My friends adopting alcohol-exposed toddlers thank you in advance :).

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