Most people with an FASD do not have visible signs of prenatal alcohol exposure. For this reason, it is often called the “invisible disability”, resulting in their problems being wrongly blamed on poor parenting or another disorder. But an accurate diagnosis can help get the services and support needed to be successful. It can provide greater understanding and acceptance. And it can lead to more realistic expectations and contribute to more positive long-term outcomes.
Signs to look for that may indicate the need for an FASD assessment include:
- Sleeping and sucking problems as a baby
- Hearing or vision problems
- Difficulty in school; especially math
- Poor coordination and fine motor skills
- Sensitivity to light, touch, sound
- Hyperactive behavior
- Difficulty paying attention
- Poor memory
- Poor reasoning and judgment skills
How is FASD Diagnosed?
A diagnosis can change the life of a child with an FASD. Just as each child is unique, so is each FASD assessment. Find out how FASD is diagnosed here.
Where to Get Diagnosed
MOFAS is committed to ensuring that all families have access to accurate FASD diagnostic services, no matter where you live in Minnesota. Learn more about where to go for a diagnosis.
The FASD Diagnostic Consortium is a group of clinics in Minnesota that have added FASD diagnosis to their practices, received professional education on diagnosis from MOFAS, and have advised MOFAS on diagnostic issues. Learn more about the FASD Diagnostic Consortium.
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