Why get a FASD diagnosis? Many people question why a diagnosis is important when there is a potential for stigma for both the mother and child; there are not many services and supports for people with FASD; and children may have other conditions such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Autism and therefore health professionals may say there is no need for any further diagnoses.
It is easy to misdiagnose FASD and research shows that diagnoses of Autism and ADHD often precede a correct or additional diagnosis of FASD. The importance of diagnosing FASD is that therapy & management for each of these disorders can be different, and expectations for outcomes is important.
Appropriate therapy and management is dependent on correct diagnosis.
Diagnosis is important on many levels as it can contribute to preventing further alcohol exposed pregnancies and contribute to breaking the intergenerational cycle of FASD.
A diagnosis has many benefits for: