Throughout the last fourteen years we have accessed a variety of professionals to address various issues. We were lucky as many had some understanding of FASD – but there were others who attempted to help my daughter or provide advice or suggestions, based on what works with neuro-typical children, with disastrous results.
A study revealed over 400 conditions are attributable to FASD. See: Day 55 and 56 of 99 Days: FASD is a Whole Body and Health Disorder.
Many children are misdiagnosed because doctors and practitioners do not receive the education required to diagnose the underlying condition – which results in many children developing secondary disabilities. See Day 62 of 99 Days to FASDay: Why FASD is often undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.
And if mental health professionals are not aware, that treatment plan will not fit. See: Day 61 of 99 Days to FASDay: FASD and Mental Health.
While FASD has only been named as a disorder since 1973, when asked most practicing professionals say they have not received any FASD training. In fact when professionals were asked at the International FASD Conference if they had formal training only a few put up their hand. This needs to change.
This is still a wish: professionals and health care practitioners are skilled in FASD diagnosis and interventions.