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Q: What is the difference between FAS and FAE?
 
A: The difference between Fetal Alcohol Exposure (FAE) and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is that children with FAE often look normal and have normal IQ's but have very poor behavior, subtle and multiple learning disabilities, weaknesses in attention, memory, judgment, and difficulties primarily in verbal reasoning/auditory processing. These kids often look "normal" on superficial exam and tend to go unnoticed by the schools. It is hard to get the child the special services they may require to function adequately in school. However, if you have a FAS or FAE diagnosis from a qualified physician, the schools must provide the services, no matter how good the child may look otherwise. This is very important in these days of inadequate funding for special education.
 

 

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