Curriculum for Addiction Professionals > Competency 3: Treatment Strategies for Working with Clients with an FASD > 7a. Medical and Mental Health Assessments
Competency 3: Treatment Strategies for Working with Clients with an FASD
Medical and Mental Health Assessments
A clinical evaluation to diagnose an FASD is critical. If a counselor suspects that
a client's child has an FASD, it is important to assist the client in obtaining
a diagnostic workup. You may need to refer the client to a diagnostic clinic or
to various professionals (e.g., neuropsychologist, occupational therapist).
Ongoing assessments are needed in children who already have a
diagnosis of an FASD to monitor progress and assist parents in identifying issues needing
intervention. The counselor may want to provide information on the types of assessments
suggested (e.g., medication management, hearing, speech, occupational therapy, physical
therapy). In addition, the counselor may want to consult with the Division of Developmental
Disabilities in your state regarding services the family can obtain for the child.