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Host Dawn Davenport, Executive Director of Creating a Family, the national infertility & adoption education and support nonprofit, interviews a panel of adoptive moms who are raising children who were exposed in pregnancy to alcohol or drugs.

Highlights of the show (click to expand)
  • What is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)?
  • How does FASD differ from Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS)?
  • How does the impact of alcohol exposure in utero differ from the impact of drug exposure during pregnancy?
  • What type of impairments are common with children exposed to alcohol during pregnancy?
  • Does FASD affect the child’s intelligence?
  • What type of behavior is typical with children affected by FASD?
  • How can you distinguish between Primary Behaviors and Secondary Behaviors and why is this distinction important?
  • What is neurobehavioral model for helping children with FASD?
  • How does FASD affect a child’s social development?
  • Why is it important to understand the root cause of the behavior?
  • Is facial deformity always associated with FASD?
  • When is alcohol use in pregnancy damaging to the fetus?
  • What parenting techniques work best for children with FASD?

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Show originally aired in 2012.