Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: What Pediatric Providers Need to Know

Prenatal alcohol exposure is the cause of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs), the prevalence of which is similar to that of other developmental disabilities like Down syndrome and autism. Children, adolescents, and adults who live with the disabilities associated with prenatal alcohol exposure face extraordinary challenges throughout their lives. Pediatric providers need to be able to identify patients with FASD because early recognition and intervention is known to improve life outcomes for affected individuals. The purposes of this continuing education activity are to report what is known about the prevalence of FASDs; to detail the spectrum of problems experienced by affected individuals; and to suggest specific strategies for preventing, identifying, and managing FASDs in clinical practice. J Pediatr Health Care. (2017)31, 594-606.

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This continuing education activity is administered by the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) as an Agency providing continuing education credit. Individuals who complete this program and earn a 70% or higher score on the post test will be awarded 1.0 NAPNAP contact hours.

Target Audience

Pediatric-focused advanced practice registered nurses

Learning Objectives

1. Discuss why the prevalence of drinking by pregnant women suggests the need for universal screening for prenatal alcohol exposure.
2. Describe the spectrum of physical and neurobehavioral problems experienced by individuals with FASD.
3. List factors identified from a history and physical that should alert Pediatric PCPs to the need for referral for an FASD evaluation.
4. Discuss Pediatric primary care management of patients with FASD.
5. List factors that promote optimal development for Pediatric patients with FASD.
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Angela Nash, Assistant Professor of Nursing, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Nursing, Houston, TX.

Leah Davies, Associate Director, Texas Office for the Prevention of Developmental Disabilities, Austin, TX.


Conflicts of interest: None to report.



Angela Nash, PhD, APRN, CPNP-PC, PMHS,
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Nursing,SON 747,6901 Bertner Ave, Houston, TX 77030;

e-mail: angela.j.nash@uth.tmc.edu.

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