Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Effect

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The Effects of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in Children Liberty University Coun 502: Human Growth and Development Ralph Fox Janet Williams 12/12/2012 Abstract Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is not just an isolated birth defect; it is a compilation of associated problems with the most severe being alcohol exposure. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is a widespread but avoidable cause of mental retardation. This paper focused on the physical deformities of adolescents with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, the social issues they face, mental and health concerns. The paper explored diagnosis, tests for children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, and ways those children and their families were able to find support in dealing with it. The paper concluded with a discussion of avoidable…show more content…
These children also experience behavior issues. One of the most familiar behaviors in children with FAS experience is attachment disorders (Harpur, 2008). Children with attachment disorders have trouble bonding and trusting their parents and other adults. They may run away from home, and not interact appropriately with caregivers. Because children with FAS spend a great deal of time in difficult surroundings or multiple locations, they develop attachment disorder. An amalgamation of developmental delays and environmental stressors can cause behaviors in adolescents with FAS (Harpur,…show more content…
Alcohol consumption can be detected by using blood and urine indicators. Since blood and urine tests only detect usage up to a few hours, doctors have to give patients routine checks. The doctor has to consider multiple factors when diagnosing a child with FAS. One factor being the indicator testing of mother’s for alcohol consumption. In addition, doctors look for any appearances of slow growth both prenatal and postnatal. Some other indications that doctors consider are behavioral characteristics and neurodevelopmental characteristics in the child (Buckley, Budacki,Ismail, Gallicano, & Jabbar, 2009) . After the initial evaluation by the doctor, the next step would be to get a specialist involved to complete a comprehensive assessment. The comprehensive assessment can be completed by a psychologist, psychiatrist, or any other mental health professional that is licensed and knowledgeable to conduct assessment. A professional has to be careful when diagnosing a child with FAS because there are many other psychological, medical, and psychiatric disorders that can be easily confused with FAS. These disorders can be identified by conducting a complete history assessment on the child. Diagnosing FAS depends on a combination of behavioral, psychological, and physical test (Buckley, Budacki,Ismail, Gallicano, & Jabbar,

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