Children whose mother drank during pregnancy may be born with a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and display lifelong behavior, learning and sensory problems.
Some of the characteristics they might be born with include:
• Significant memory problems
• Gaps in the thinking process including difficulty forming associations, predicting, abstract reasoning, cause and effect reasoning and generalizations.
• Slower pace of thinking, understanding and listening.
• Impulsivity and distractibility
• Sensitivity to lights, sounds, temperature, taste and touch.
• Difficulty understanding safety and danger; heightened risk for victimization and exploitation.
• Difficulty managing time, money and schedules.
• A maturity level far below what might be expected of someone his or her age.
As a result of these disabilities, he or she often struggles with pain and frustration or is preyed upon by others, leading to a series of secondary problems that develop later in life. These might include:
• Fatigue and anxiety
• Alcohol and/or drug abuse
• Trouble at school, suspensions
• Trouble with police
• Inappropriate sexual behavior
• Anger and aggression
• Withdrawing and avoidance
• Poor self-esteem
• Depression and suicidal tendencies
Sources: Community Living British Columbia, Centers for Disease Control