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FASD Diagnostic Assessment

The Koru Multidisciplinary Diagnostic Team provides FASD diagnosis and support to children, families, and professionals. The team adheres to a diagnostic system that is based on rigorous criteria and guidelines for its use, which are recognized as gold standards in FASD diagnosis. Our diagnostic system draws on expertise from:

  • “Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: A Guideline for Diagnosis across the Lifespan.” – (Cook, Green, Lilley, Anderson, Baldwin, Chudley, Conry, Loock et al. Canadian Medical
  • “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 file: Australian-guide-to-the-diagnosis-of-fasd_all-appendices
  • “The 4-Digit Diagnostic Code” – (3rded., Astley, 2004) which is internationally recognized as the gold standard

A comprehensive assessment across 10 brain domains is conducted by Koru’s Multidisciplinary Diagnostic Team.

The results of the FASD Diagnostic Assessment are presented in such a way that is understandable, and any questions are answered during the feedback session.

Brain and nervous system’s structure and function;
Thinking, information sensory processing, and learning;
Comprehension, receptive and expressive language, processing speed, and following instructions or requests;
Academic Achievement
Storage and retrieval; can also be affected indirectly by attention deficits, mood regulation and sleep difficulties associated with FASD; can affect how memories are formed and stored;
Interpreting social cues and other’s intentions, social communication, informed decision making and developing social relationships;

Planning, organising, and prioritising; understanding cause and effect; time management; abstract concepts; impulse control; applying meaning to perceived threats; and hyperactivity;

Concentration and tuning out distraction.
Mood, ability to cope, managing emotions and outbursts and ability to regulate emotions;

Balance, Coordination, Body Awareness, Physical Strength, Reaction time, Dexterity.

What can you expect following the diagnosis?

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 support needed.

A diagnosis can provide greater understanding and acceptance. It can lead to more realistic educational expectations and contribute to positive long-term outcomes.

An accurate diagnosis:

  • Guides interventions,
  • Informs prognosis,
  • Prevents secondary disabilities,
  • Provides accurate prevalence data,
  • Guides access to services and allocation of resources.

Can anyone be referred?

Koru assesses and provides intervention for children and adults. With confirmation of prenatal alcohol exposure, all children and adults can be referred or self refer.

How We Help

We work with neurodiverse clients across the full developmental spectrum – infants to adults, who are neurodiverse.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)


Trauma and Attachment Disorders


Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)


Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)


Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)


Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)


Global Development Delays


Specific Learning Disabilities


Developmental Language Disorders


Speech Disorders


Higher Cognitive Language Disorders In Adults


Articulation Disorders


Dyslexia and Praxis