Is fetal alcohol syndrome a form of autism? People with FASD often have a number of autistic-like traits. Sometimes people with FASD are also on the autism spectrum; one study found that as many as 72% of children with fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) have autism. However, there are a number of differences between the two disorders.
What is the life expectancy of someone with fetal alcohol syndrome? Depending on early diagnosis and support, life expectancies can increase; however, on average, people with FAS are estimated to live 34 years (95% CI: 31–37 years), which is around 42% of the life expectancies of their general population peers23.
Is low IQ a symptom of fetal alcohol syndrome? Many children with fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) have an IQ of less than 70. Less is known about IQ deficits in children with alcohol-related neurodevelopmental disorder (ARND), who have generally subtler neurobehavioral deficits than those with FAS.
Is fetal alcohol syndrome a disability? Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is an alcohol-related birth disability and is the number one cause of intellectual disability in the United States. It is also the only cause of birth defects that is entirely preventable. The condition occurs from maternal alcohol use during pregnancy.