Life-long implications of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) include physical disabilities, mental health problems and behavioural problems.
In detail, these are:
- distinctive facial characteristics, which occur as a result of being exposed to alcohol exposure in the womb
- learning difficulties, problems in understanding information and risk-taking
- attention problems, aggression and hyperactivity.
We carry out detailed assessments for children and adults suspected of having FASDs which look at an individual's communication and brain functions, relative to their age, as well as photographic analysis of their facial features.
The assessment process takes two days. The first day involves testing the individual including observations of their behaviour, non-verbal interaction and their cognitive, sensory and communicative profile. The second day involves information-based questionnaires, evaluation of objective tools and a review of previous reports that have been undertaken.
Diagnosis can prevent indirect consequences of the disorders such as worsening behavioural problems, social exclusion and mental illnesses.
Once we diagnose someone, we can offer a range of behavioural management advice as well as specialist clinics to deliver interventions that help people improve their wellbeing.