Understanding FASD diagnosis
If you are concerned that there was alcohol exposure during pregnancy—there is help and hope. The Proof Alliance Diagnostic Clinic is here for families and caregivers to answer questions and provide support before, during and after the evaluation process. Understanding how potential prenatal alcohol exposure impacts you is vitally important.
Only trained professionals can make a diagnosis. FASD is often misdiagnosed because other mental health or genetic disorders may look similar. Unfortunately, there is not one medical test (like a blood test) to confirm a diagnosis under the FASD umbrella. Instead, here in MN, FASD is diagnosed by a team of professionals assessing four specific areas:
- Growth issues
- Brain structure and function
- Facial features
- Prenatal alcohol history
Is it FASD?
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, or FASD, can be mistaken for other developmental disorders or mental health conditions. Individuals can have multiple diagnoses. To learn if it could be FASD, review our FASD indicator checklist now.
Diagnosis is everything.
Prenatal alcohol exposure and a possible FASD diagnosis can help you and your child get the services and support needed to be successful. It can provide greater understanding and acceptance. It can lead to more realistic expectations and contribute to positive long-term outcomes.
What to do with the results.
Getting an FASD diagnosis is not about labeling a child. It is rather an opportunity for your child and family to get the services and support needed to be successful.
- Share the diagnosis with your child’s school to assist with the development of an Individualized Education Program.
- Share this information with your child’s healthcare providers to receive more appropriate medical and mental health services.
- Contact your county’s social service office about available services and supports.