Why is Diagnosis Important?
Early Diagnosis and intervention contribute to positive long-term outcomes.
Accurate diagnosis can:
- Validate that you are not crazy or a bad parent, etc. There is truly something wrong and now there is an actual name for it.
- Help the person with FASD receive appropriate services.
- Help parents and teachers develop appropriate strategies. The quality and type of intervention children with FASD receive truly matters.
- Teachers would have more understanding/compassion for the child.
- School is more ready and willing to work with a child who has a medical diagnosis.
- Help the child understand what is going on in his brain and what it means for his school experience and other situations
- Encourage in-depth knowledge and understanding of the disabilities associated with FASD. This is needed in order to plan and implement effective school and therapy services.
- Aid communication among clinicians, caregivers, educators, and families.
- Provide better self-awareness and understanding by family members.
- Rule out or maybe rule in other outlying obstacles such as ADD/ADHD
- Help people better understand that behavior difficulties may be masking a language impairment of individuals with FASD, thus they need to respond differently.
- Help parents find support groups with other parents who are going through this same journey.
To find out more and schedule a diagnostic visit, see our diagnosis page: https://www.doublearc.org/diagnosis/