The Role of Psychological Tests in Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

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Williams, Robert J.
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Fernwood Publishing
The assessment of fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) is made when there is evidence of alcohol use during pregnancy; growth deficiencies; characteristic facial features; and central nervous system (CNS) dysfunction. Psychological tests have two main roles with respect to FAS. The first is helping in the assessment of CNS dysfunction through the use of tests that measure a child's functional capabilities. Functional skill assessment is particularly useful for FAE because CNS impairment can and usually does occur in the absence of growth, physical or facial abnormalities (Clarren, Bowden, & Astley 1985). The second main role of psychological tests is in helping identify the person's pattern of strengths and weaknesses for treatment planning and prognosis. Both of these roles will be described in the following sections.
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Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Williams, R. J. (1999). The role of psychological tests in fetal alcohol syndrome. In J. Turpin & G. Schmidt (Eds). Fetal Alcohol Syndrome/Effect: Developing a Community Response (pp. 44-55). Halifax: Fernwood Publishing.