Why Diagnosis is Important
A diagnosis is important in understanding an individual with FASD and in developing an appropriate care plan. Early diagnosis and access to appropriate services have been shown to be effective in decreasing the risk of secondary disabilities of FASD. The emotional costs, social implications and costs to society are decreased if FASD is diagnosed early.
Resources and Links
The Diagnostic Guidelines http://www.cmaj.ca/content/early/2015/12/14/cmaj.141593 were established in Canada in 2005 and updated in 2015.
Diagnosis of FASD requires an interdisciplinary team approach to assessment and intervention in order to provide a thorough assessment and understanding for this complex problem. Diagnostic teams typically include: a physician, a nurse, a psychologist, an occupational therapist, a speech and language pathologist, and a social worker.
Watch Morgan Fawcett below share his journey with FASD