Why get diagnosed?
Research indicates that early diagnosis along with appropriate intervention and support results in healthier long term outcomes for individuals who have FASD.
By getting a diagnosis the individual can access help and support through different organizations. Those support services reduce the likelihood of developing a secondary issues and disabilities.
A diagnosis provides a platform for the individual and their caregiver to better understand and work with their limitations and challenges.
The diagnosis often modifies expectations of families, schools, and communities, who begin to accommodate the individual’s unique needs and access funding and support services.
Assessment for FASD can also help women at risk of having a child with FASD, and people with FASD get the help they need. Ultimately, the goal of assessing and diagnosing is to make sure a person has the tools, strategies and supports – He or she needs to be successful in life.
Referring to diagnosis is the first step for getting the help that individuals with FASD need. NEAFAN currently funds the FASD Diagnostic Services within the region. Please refer your client for a diagnosis.