Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Guidelines for Referral and Diagnosis

About the Course:

This course provides guidelines designed to help standardize diagnostic criteria for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) so that consistency in the diagnosis can be established for all service providers and researchers. In addition, guidance about medical, educational, social, and family services appropriate for individuals with FAS and their families, as well as age-specific services, are included. Research on FAS is reviewed and recommendations for identifying and intervening with women at risk for an alcohol-exposed pregnancy are provided.

Journal/Publisher:

National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities

Publication Date:

July 2004

Author

Bertrand, Jacquelyn, Ph.D., et al.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, including psychologists, counselors, social workers, nurses, and other pediatric health care professionals who seek knowledge about Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, especially regarding guidelines for referral and diagnosis . It is appropriate for intermediate to advanced levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Identify the approach and methods used in the development of guidelines regarding FAS.

  2. Describe and be able to utilize the diagnostic and referral framework presented.

  3. Define criteria for diagnosing FAS and explain considerations for referrals for FAS evaluations.

  4. Identify services appropriate for individuals affected by FAS and their families.

  5. Cite examples of identifying and intervening with women at risk for an alcohol-exposed pregnancy.

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