DIAGNOSIS OF FASD

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1 in 13 women reports drinking alcohol during pregnancy thereby leading to an elevated risk of having a baby with FASD. Healthcare providers are well positioned to be instrumental in the prevention, identification, and care of FASD.

In the Southern California region we are incredibly fortunate to have internationally recognized Fetal Alcohol Syndrome expert Dr. Kenneth Lyons Jones. Dr. Jones was one of two doctors at the University of Washington who first identified FAS in the United States in 1973. Over the past 40 years, he has continued to make significant contributions to our understanding of the prenatal effects of alcohol.

If you are a healthcare provider interested in learning more about the medical and clinical aspects of FASD or FASD 101 presentation opportunities please contact Carolyn Shaputnic, RNC, MPH at cshaputnic@ucsd.edu.

Healthcare providers, social workers, educators, mental health professionals, juvenile justice professionals, and families can refer patients, throughout Southern California, to the UCSD Rady Children’s Hospital Genetics / Dysmorphology Program. This program provides comprehensive diagnostic services for both children and adults with FASD. To schedule an appointment in the FASD clinic please call Kathie Johnson at (858) 246-0047 or alternatively Patti Evertsen at (858) 966-5840.

The evaluation process includes taking a careful history of any known prenatal alcohol exposure, a family, educational and social history, a noninvasive physical examination by a Dysmorphologist, an evaluation by a Developmental/Behavioral Specialist and may include genetic and lab testing if indicated.

It is recognized that diagnosis is only the beginning. Our clinic includes a follow-up program that focuses on the specific needs of the child and the family. We provide a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach that includes a monthly parent and caregiver support group, case management, and support to improve the educational experience of students. In addition to direct services for children and families, we are involved in community outreach throughout the Southern California region.

More information about the clinic can be found here.

Additional Resources

FASD: Competency-Based Curriculum Development Guide-PDF