Autism in fetal alcohol syndrome: a report of six cases

Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 1992 Jun;16(3):558-65. doi: 10.1111/j.1530-0277.1992.tb01417.x.


This paper reports on six children who all fulfill the criteria for fetal alcohol syndrome and have a history of maternal alcohol abuse during pregnancy, and who also fulfill the criteria for diagnosis of autism. Their behavior and natural history is compared with eight contrast FAS children, of similar ages and functional levels, who were free of autistic behaviors. The autistic FAS children were all moderately or severely retarded. Autistic behavior has not been commonly associated with prenatal alcohol exposure. Clinicians need to be aware of this potential dual diagnosis so that appropriate educational and treatment resources can be employed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Autistic Disorder / diagnosis*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Intellectual Disability / diagnosis
  • Language Development Disorders / diagnosis
  • Male
  • Neuropsychological Tests
  • Risk Factors
  • Social Behavior
  • Social Environment