Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Clinic

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Clinic

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) constitute the range of deficits seen in children and adults exposed to alcohol in utero (prior to birth). FASD is a hidden disability because there may be subtle to no effects on the physical appearance of the affected individual, yet there can be neurocognitive or neurobehavioral deficits that can have a significant effect on the entire person’s life.  Diagnoses within FASD include fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), partial fetal alcohol syndrome (PFAS), alcohol-related neurodevelopmental disorder (ARND) and alcohol-related birth defects.

The University of Louisville FASD Clinic provides evaluations by a developmental pediatrician, a geneticist, a psychologist, a speech and language pathologist and a clinical social worker.  Psychoeducational testing and occupational therapy evaluation will be done as needed.  These clinics are intended to serve all individuals under the age of 18 with a suspected fetal alcohol spectrum disorder or who have been exposed to alcohol in utero.  Case management services in the context of other community and educational services will be provided by a licensed clinical social worker.

The U of L FASD clinic is part of a statewide task force that aims to improve the diagnosis, therapy and prevention of FASD in Kentucky.

Referral

To schedule an appointment with the FASD Clinic, a referral from the patient’s primary care physician is required. The general Weisskopf Center Referral Form should be used.  Be sure to indicate alcohol exposure in utero as a presented concern on the referral form.