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Carolyn Hastings

Ask A Speech Pathologist (based in Victoria)

Where referrals are accepted from

General Practitioners, Paediatricians, Other medical specialists, Psychologists, Allied health professionals, Families, Child protection services, Education Departments, Justice Departments

How billing is done

Fee - advised when person contacts the clinic, service or practice

Ages that services are provided for

0 - 4 years, 5 - 11 years, 12 - 18 years

FASD experience and training

FASD has been an area of special interest for me for a number of years. Since the process of being officially diagnosed with FASD has been a rather haphazard affair here in Victoria, it's meant that I can claim to have worked with only a few children who have been formally diagnosed with the condition. I am confident, however, that over the 30+ years I have been in clinical practice, I have worked with numerous children who definitely fit the FASD profile in terms of developmental history, clinical presentation and progress in school and/or therapy i.e. everything but the label. More specifically, these children have all presented with a complex range of issues impacting their speech, language, hearing, cognition, behaviour, learning and social skills. I've worked with the children themselves - in some instances, over a number of years - as well as liaising with their families, teachers, aides and the medical/allied health professionals on their management teams.

Now that FASD is gaining traction in the medical-health sector and the justice systems here and overseas, I keep myself up-to-date with the relevant research and policy developments. I am an active FASD advocate on social media and am constantly building my FASD network.

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