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Children and young people with FASD have many positive attributes. Parents and carers frequently comment on the positive attributes and some of the things they enjoy doing.

  • Very loving, affectionate, generous
  • Will do anything for anyone, helpful
  • Very creative
  • Musical
  • Good at sport – football, basketball, gymnastics
  • Like mechanics and building
  • Love technology


What parents and carers say

What life can be like

People with FASD have challenges.

Every person with FASD will have strengths and difficulties in different areas. This depends on the parts of the brain that have been most damaged by exposure to alcohol. There is no 'one size fits all' for people with FASD and not everyone will experience the same difficulties.

“I can never change the rules on him. If I vary from the routine once, that is his new rule. I have to be extremely consistent.”

“Our kids struggle with a lot of things…”

  • I don’t get him to sleep till 2 or 3 in the morning, then he wakes up at 6am
  • One addiction after another
  • Without a plan or advance warning my son loses it. It’s impacted on every part of his development – and he struggles
  • They get put in the too hard basket at school
  • They can’t shop, can’t do money, have difficulty with time and time management
  • My child gets overwhelmed at the shops – all the lights, the sounds

“I am on standby every hour of the day to respond.”

Our stories

Geraldine & Lola's Story

Out of the dark, into the sunlight

Jess & Sue's Story

What I want people to know about me

Anita & Dima's Story

Navigating being a teenager living with FASD

Parent and carer perspectives

Vanessa's story

Kaths story - caring for carers' mental health

Anita's Story

Telethon Kids Insitute

Alex's story

Lillie's story

Sharyn's story

Queensland Family and Child Commission

Raising a child with FASD

What children with FASD say

Photo of woman smelling rose bush

Jacob, 13, has a special interest in photography and is saving to buy a new camera. He produced a series of Christmas cards and this is his photo of his mum in the garden 'Don't forget to smell the roses'. Jacob entered this photo into the creative artworks competition.

Typed story of living with FASD by Faith 11 years oldFaith has written a story about her life. She is 11 years old and likes animals, swimming and playing on the trampoline and swing. Faith submitted her story to the creative artworks competition.

Saige's drawing of how she feels with FASD, which includes the words happy, grateful and mad

FASD is different for everyone. Saige submitted a drawing of how it feels for her. She submitted this drawing to the creative artworks competition. Saige is 11 years old

11-year-old Jazpa

Sam and Jazpa submitted their story to the creative artworks competition as a video which includes a beautiful photo montage. Jazpa is 11 years old.

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Dima reading his story of living with FASD

Dima's mum Anita presented at the 2nd Australasian FASD Conference. In this video Dima is telling his story of living with FASD.

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Common difficulties and tips

Ten domains of neurodevelopment (the brain's neurological pathways that influence performance or functioning) are known to be affected by alcohol exposure in pregnancy. The following information links those 10 domains with common difficulties seen in people with FASD and tips for helping to improve skills and manage daily activities.

For information, support and advice Contact NOFASD Australia