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ERIC Number: EJ848194
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1184-0412
A Review of the Evolution of Diagnostic Practices for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Pei, Jacqueline; Rinaldi, Christina
Developmental Disabilities Bulletin, v32 n2 p125-139 2004
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) are characterized by cognitive, emotional, behavioural, and social disabilities. FASD are complex and pose many challenges for clinicians and researchers in the assessment, diagnosis, and intervention process. The variations in amount, timing, and frequency of alcohol that is consumed during pregnancy can produce a wide spectrum of deficits ranging from extremely debilitating impairments to subtle problems that can be easily misdiagnosed. This spectrum often creates confusion as symptoms may be very different between different children, thus making appropriate intervention elusive as well. Failure to accurately identify this population also reduces the opportunities to implement preventative programs. By informing the psychological community of the unique features of this population it is possible that this disorder may become more widely recognized and understood resulting in more accurate diagnoses and creative interventions to prenatal alcohol-related problems. More importantly, children diagnosed with FASD, and their caregivers, are more likely to be provided with the extra support and understanding their condition requires.
J.P. Das Developmental Disabilities Centre. 6-102 Education North, University of Alberta, Edmonton AB T6G 2G5, Canada. Tel: 780-492-4505; Fax: 780-492-1318; Web site: http://www.ualberta.ca/~jpdasddc/bulletin/index.html
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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