While any doctor can diagnose FAS, many have not received the proper training or are aware of the general guidelines used to diagnose this syndrome.
Therefore, the FASD Competency-Based Development Guide recommends using a multi-disciplinary team to diagnose and treat FAS. By utilizing a team of professionals like physicians, psychologists, occupational and physical therapists, social workers, and speech-language pathologists among others you can more quickly and accurately reach a FAS diagnosis. Additionally, having a team at your disposal means that you do not have to rely on individual doctors stepping outside of their areas of expertise when working with your child.
Sources: CDC’s Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: Guidelines for Referral and Diagnosis (2004)
CDC’s FASD Competency-Based Curriculum Development Guide (2008)
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