WHY CHOOSE US
Koru-FASD Multi-Disciplinary Diagnostic Team aims to provide appropriate FASD diagnosis and support to children,families and professionals. Koru-FASD Multi-Disciplinary Diagnostic Team follows a diagnostic system with defined criteria and guidelines for its use – “Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: A Guideline for Diagnosis across the Lifespan.”-(Cook, Green, Lilley, Anderson, Baldwin, Chudley, Conry,Loock et al. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 2015), and incorporated processed from “Australian Guide to the diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder(FASD)”-(Bower C, Elliott EJ 2016, on behalf of the Steering Group. Report to the Australian Government Department of Health) and “The 4-Digit Diagnostic Code”(3rded., Astley, 2004) which are internationally recognized as the gold-standard.
Koru – Multi-Disciplinary Diagnostic Team conducts a comprehensive assessment across the function of 10 brain domains. Diagnoses formulation is done by Koru – FASD Multi-Disciplinary Diagnostic Team. The outcome of the FASD Diagnostic Assessment is presented at a feedback session to explain the results in understandable language and answer any questions.
An accurate diagnosis guides interventions, informs prognosis, prevents secondary disabilities, provides accurate prevalence data, guides access to services and allocation of resources. The diagnosis allows professionals and families to develop strategies that improve the education and health outcomes for the person with a FASD. Screening for prenatal alcohol exposure and a possible FASD diagnosis can help families, professionals and clients to access the services and supports needed to be successful. A diagnosis can provide greater understanding and acceptance. It can lead to more realistic educational expectations,and contribute to positive long-term outcomes.
Referrals for children and adults are accepted. At present,children from the age of 7 years and 6 months,with confirmation of pre-natal alcohol exposure,can be referred.
FETAL ALCOHOL SPECTRUM DISORDER
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is a term used to describe a range of conditions and disabilities that can occur in children and adults exposed to alcohol prior to birth. FASD is a form of acquired brain injury which occurs in utero and manifests as a neurodevelopmental disorder. FASD is characterized by impairment in multiple areas of brain functioning and, in some cases, characteristic facial features, extremely small head circumference and other birth defects which vary for each individual. FASD is a hidden disability because there may be subtle to no effects on the physical appearance of the affected individual, yet there can be learning and/or behavioural problems that can have a significant effect throughout the person’s life. FASD is a disability with two parts:
The primary disability is a brain injury
Static/ permanent brain injury
Diffuse brain injury
Cannot be fixed
Develop as a result of the primary disability
Chronic, severe and expensive
Responsive to interventions
These secondary disabilities can lead to:
Mental Health challenges
Trouble with the law•Inappropriate sexual behaviour
Alcohol and drug misuse