Our clinical and educational psychologists provide a broad range of assessment and therapeutic services for children and young people with suspected or confirmed foetal alcohol spectrum disorders.
Foetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) cover a range of disorders and conditions which are caused by prenatal exposure to alcohol. FASD may also be known as foetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). FASD helps to define the full spectrum of associated conditions, behaviours and traits caused by exposure to alcohol during pregnancy. Individuals diagnosed with FAS are usually short in stature, have neurocognitive difficulties and specific facial features.
Assessing in order to make a diagnosis of FASD is a complex process which should only be done by specialists in FASD and may not always be possible due to the amount of background information necessary. Detailed information relating to the pregnancy, including estimated alcohol intake at various stages of development is analysed. FAS is easier to diagnose as it includes facial characteristics which are a more objective measure, and is usually diagnosed by paediatricians and geneticists.
At HSR Psychology we ensure that we meet the needs of children and young people. To achieve this we ensure that any specific assessments, intervention, or direct work, is only carried out following an initial discussion.
An initial discussion allows us to understand the background and your expectations of our involvement. Having an initial discussion ensures any services we provide appropriately identify or address needs.
Our process for any specific assessments, intervention, or direct work is as follows:
An initial discussion allows us to understand the background and your expectations of our involvement. Arrange an initial discussion
Following an initial discussion we will send you an email that includes:
On receipt of the next steps recommendations and costing you can decide how to proceed. Once you have decided contact us to arrange the chosen services.
At HSR Psychology we assess in order to identify a range of cognitive, emotional and social needs so that they can then be appropriately addressed. We are able to carry out a broad range of assessments related to cognition, learning, neurodevelopmental conditions, sensory processing and social, emotional and mental health. Our holistic approach takes an individual’s circumstances and development into account for an accurate representation of needs. Following an initial discussion related to developmental history and areas of concern, our specialists should be able to tailor their assessments for each individual.
When working with a child or young person who may have FASD, the scope of assessments can be broad and may include a small selection of the following:
FASD impacts individuals differently and we will use the assessments most suitable for children and young people. Possible areas to assess will be discussed during the initial discussion.
Interventions will be recommended, supported and provided in relation to identified needs. Behavioural management strategies are important for children and young people with FASD as typical behaviour management strategies may intensify problems. Interventions related to FASD are wide ranging dependent on identified needs, however examples of the interventions we can offer include:
Increasing understanding of primary and secondary difficulties caused by FASD will help parents, carers and professionals to support children and young people.
Due to the variation of needs which occur within FASD there is no average cost for assessments or interventions. Prior to an assessment or intervention we can confirm costs following an initial discussion which will last for 2 hours at a cost of £160.
Our psychologists identify and address needs present within children and young people with FASD or FAS. Addressing needs through support strategies can be used to support behaviour and emotional wellbeing.
Arrange an initial discussion to find out how we can benefit your education setting. The initial discussion lasts 2 hours and is a starting point to identify needs. The cost is £160.