FASD Diagnostic Assessment
To complete a thorough FASD Diagnostic Assessment is a lengthy, time consuming and arduous task. FASD Diagnostic Assessments require a lot of paperwork, interviews with people who know or worked with the client, completing several behavioural rating questionnaires, finding and gathering many historical records, completing an extensive battery of assessments, analysing an enormous amount of data and writing an in-depth report.
Koru – FASD Multi-Disciplinary Diagnostic Team conducts a thorough assessment across the function of 10 brain domains. The outcome of the FASD Diagnostic Assessment is presented at a feedback session to explain the results in understandable language and answer any questions.
There is not one medical test (like a blood test) to confirm a diagnosis of a FASD. Instead, FASD is diagnosed by a specialist multidisciplinary diagnostic team of professionals assessing four specific areas:
- Brain function and structure
- Facial features
- Prenatal alcohol history
The assessment process is in-depth and involved, and is achieved over several appointments. This assessment process includes:
Caregiver and referrer interviews
A comprehensive history of the client and family,and any evidence of prenatal alcohol exposure is gathered and discussed
Measurements of the head, face and growth are taken along with a physical exam
A comprehensive battery of assessments are completed to evaluate function across 10 brain domains.
Photos are taken for photographic analysis with FAS Facial Photographic Software, Astley, 2012.
All assessment data is reviewed by Koru – FASD Multi-Disciplinary diagnostic team and evaluated to determine if the client meets criteria for a FASD diagnosis. It may be that there are other explanations for the presenting behaviour. If so, these will also be discussed during the Koru –FASD Multi-Disciplinary Diagnostic team meeting and presented at the feedback session.
The assessment feedback session to the family and team around the child is held as soon as possible after the report is completed. A summary of findings is prepared along with recommendations for follow up support and treatment and shared at the feedback session.
Education and Information
Koru can be contracted for individualized training packages to deepen the shared understanding of the FASD diagnosis.