1. FASD is not very common.

The most recent research in Ontario indicates that about 2-3% of children 7-9 years of age have FASD. This is higher than the 1% that experts used to expect. Many of these children are not diagnosed due to a lack of understanding and awareness about FASD, a lack of diagnostic services and a reluctance for

5. The behaviour problems seen in FASD are related to poor parenting.

The behaviours seen in people with FASD are related to the damage done when alcohol is used in pregnancy. People with FASD may have problems managing the challenges and frustrations of living with the disorder. A lack of understanding and the right kind of supports can also create many behaviour problems for people living with

3. People with FASD have a low IQ.

Although many people with FASD have an IQ within the “normal” or even “high” range, many are not able to function as expected for their age. In other words, they may have average IQ, but below average adaptive function. IQ is often used to determine if a person is eligible for services and support. As

2. People with FASD have recognizable facial features.

Very few people with FASD have recognizable facial features. The facial features (short palpebral fissures, thin upper lip and a smooth philtrum) occur if the fetus is exposed to alcohol between days 18-21. There is no connection between having FASD facial features and the amount of damage to the brain and body. This is why