The Sobering Facts About Fetal Alcohol Exposure - SLPA2051

The Sobering Facts About Fetal Alcohol Exposure

by Deborah S. Boroughs, MSN, RN and Joan McNichol Dougherty, BSN, RN, CPN, CSN
(3.7 / 6 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Audiology/SLP (0.05 CEU)

Price: $9.00
CE-PRO Price: $4.50


Alcohol use during pregnancy can cause birth defects and developmental disabilities collectively known as fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs). The term “fetal alcohol spectrum disorders” refers to a group of conditions that may occur in a person if his or her mother drinks alcohol during pregnancy. Fetal alcohol syndrome is the most serious form of FASDs. Its prevalence is estimated to be about eight in 1,000 in the general global population. In the U.S., Russia, and much of the world, FASDs are the leading preventable causes of birth defects and mental retardation. A child with FASDs can have cognitive, mental, physiologic, and social-emotional deficits that negatively impact development. Nurses, speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and other healthcare professionals can educate women about the importance of not drinking while pregnant and help with referrals for treatment when appropriate.


The goal of this fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) program is to enhance healthcare providers’ knowledge, including speech-language pathologists and audiologists, about fetal alcohol spectrum disorders as they relate to alcohol use during pregnancy. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Discuss the spectrum of birth defects related to prenatal alcohol consumption known as FASDs
  • List three cognitive, mental, physiologic, or social-emotional effects of FASDs
  • Describe the role of speech-language pathologists and audiologists in prevention of FASDs and care of clients with FASDs

Approval Information
This course is intended for speech-language pathologists and audiologists.
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This course is offered for 0.05 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area).
Deborah S. Boroughs, MSN, RN, is the pediatric director of special programs for BAYADA Home Health Care and is an adjunct professor of population health at Widener University in Chester, Pa.
Disclosure: Ms. Boroughs has no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose that related to this education activity.
Joan A. Dougherty, BSN, RN, CPN, CSN, is a nurse care coordinator at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Disclosure: Ms. Dougherty has no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose that related to this education activity.

Course Originally Released on: 4/1/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 2/13/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 6/30/2022

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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Gina M - Dubuque, IA  ·  Dec 28, 2019
good information, but minimally pertinent to my role
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Casey F - Plant City, FL  ·  Dec 17, 2019
good general overview
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Chelsea S - Austin, TX  ·  Aug 03, 2019
I found this course to have many comments and statement that appear judgmental.
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Price: $9.00
CE-PRO Price: $4.50