Around 30 years ago, we became aware that autism was not a simple condition, but rather a spectrum of shades ranging from the palest of greys to the deepest. Alongside this runs a range of learning disabilities running from normal intellect, to the most severe of cognitive impairments. In certain circumstances, these two can be almost independent of one another.
This book discusses a similar spectrum relating to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) – and it makes several disturbing assertions along the way. These pose challenges to primary care, educational and social services (and beyond) – and raise significant ethical questions.
As health professionals, we can all recognise the 'classical' physical signs of FAS – the microcephaly, facial dysmorphia, failure to thrive, and developmental delay with which the young child presents, but this book argues that this is, in fact, the minority of cases of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). It then elucidates these more subtle signs of alcohol-induced foetal brain damage. The authors described th