Advice for Someone with FASD

Diagnosed with FASD?

Information for people who have been diagnosed with or think they may have Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is the term for a range of preventable alcohol related birth defects. Having FASD doesn’t mean you cannot be successful in life.

These are some things people with FASD find helpful. Choose the advice that you think will work for you:

  • Try to have routines in your life.
  • It’s okay to ask people to repeat directions or instructions as this might help you remember things.
  • Tell people you may need more time to understand and remember information.
  • It is easier to do or learn one step at a time. Finish one task before you start another.
  • To remember things, write them down. You could try using a diary.
  • It’s okay to ask a parent or friend to come with you to appointments or interviews.
  • Using money and telling time can be difficult. Ask someone you know and trust to help you.
  • If you feel overwhelmed, angry, frustrated, tired or emotional – find a safe place to calm down or ask for help.
  • Concentrate on good things you can do and things that make you happy.
  • Tell people you have many strengths and things you are good at.
  • Ask your GP how to get a medical diagnosis of FASD if you don’t have one.
Further information

If you need to talk to someone or need more information you can:

  • Talk to your GP
  • Call the NOFAS-UK Helpline on 0208 458 5951