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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and ADHD

July 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Research to be published in the October issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, state that children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) have a high risk of psychiatric problems, particularly attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), conduct disorder, or both.

“Behaviorally, FASD and ADHD can look quite similar, particularly with respect to problems with very limited attention, physical restlessness, and extreme impulsivity,” explained Rachel Greenbaum, a clinical psychologist with the Children’s Mental Health Team at Surrey Place Centre in Toronto, who conducted the study as part of her doctoral dissertation.

One finding with potential for immediate action was that children with FASD have difficulty interpreting social information, including emotions in faces. These difficulties predict their behavior problems and are linked to their social development. It is imperative that these children receive assistance in social and emotional processing domains, specifically targeting interventions to deal with their unique deficits.

For more info: sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/07/090716164335.htm

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