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Competence 5: Continuing Care of Families Affected by FASD

Continuing Care Services for Clients with Children with an FASD or Possible FASD, Continued

Multidisciplinary Approach to Continuing Care

Children with an FASD, or a possible FASD, need an array of services. If the addiction professional suspects that a client’s child has an FASD, he or she can begin by referring the client to diagnostic services. Members of the diagnostic team may include:

  • Occupational, physical, and speech therapists
  • Neurologists and neuropsychologists
  • Psychiatrists and social workers
  • Physicians and nurses
  • Educational consultants
  • Geneticists
  • Developmental pediatricians
  • Dysmorphologists (physician specializing in birth defects)

Many of these services also will be needed after the child is diagnosed. In addition, some children may qualify for financial services, such as Supplemental Security Income, and parents may need assistance obtaining information and completing forms.

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