FASD Diagnostics

The Lakewood Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Program is a unique project serving the entire Central Minnesota area.  It is offered through the collaborative efforts of Lakewood Health System, the Minnesota Department of Health, the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS), and Freshwater Education District.

Program Focus:

  • FASD Diagnosis
  • Prevention Information
  • Strategies for working with individuals with FASD
  • Out-reach presentations
  • Follow-up with FASD individuals and families

The FASD Diagnostic Clinic can help identify issues resulting from alcohol use during pregnancy, develop a long-term plan and arrange for appropriate services.

Diagnostic Team

The Lakewood Health System FASD Diagnostic Team is trained, Diagnostic Clinics are held throughout the year at the Lakewood Clinic in Staples. Our dedicated team members include a variety of professionals from Freshwater Education District and Lakewood Health System.

Diagnostic Assessment:

  • Medical history/assessment
  • Physical examination
  • Motor skills testing
  • Psychological testing
  • Educational testing
  • Sensory testing
  • Psychiatric Consult

FASD Assessment:

  • Brain function and structure
  • Facial features
  • Growth issues
  • Prenatal alcohol history

Follow-up can provide resources and support for caregivers, medical provider and educators.

FASD Symptoms

FASD is defined as a range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother consumed alcohol during pregnancy. These effects may include mental, behavioral, physical and/or learning disabilities with potential lifelong implications.

Signs of FASD in…

  • Infants: Low birth weight, sensitivity to light, noise and touch, irritability, inability to suck effectively, slow development, ear infections.
  • Toddlers: Poor memory, hyperactivity, no fear, no sense of boundaries, needs excessive physical contact.
  • School-age children: Easily distracted, short attention span, poor coordination, trouble with large and fine motor skills, needs individual attention.
  • Older children: Low self-esteem, trouble keeping up in school, impulsive, difficulty with social boundaries, inability to remember concepts.

Individuals with fetal alcohol exposure have special challenges to face in daily living. Unfortunately, many children are given a particular “label” throughout their lives due to undiagnosed FASD.

Other Symptoms:

  • Low birth weight
  • Impaired growth before and after birth
  • Facial malformations
  • Small head size
  • Learning disabilities and lower IQ
  • Hyperactivity and the inability to pay attention
  • Sleeping problems
  • Organ damage

FASD Top 10:

  1. Drinking during pregnancy can cause permanent damage to a developing fetus.
  2. FASD is one of the most common causes of mental retardation.
  3. FASD is 100% preventable.
  4. Obtaining an FASD diagnosis can improve an individual’s ability to function in the world.
  5. The best time for diagnosis is during the early childhood years.
  6. Diagnosis can reduce secondary disabilities like depression and school failure.
  7. FASD is found in all races and all socioeconomic groups.
  8. There is no safe level of alcohol consumption during pregnancy.
  9. Alcohol can cause damage to a developing fetus even before a woman knows she is pregnant.
  10. With the right diagnosis, support and understanding, many individuals with FASD are living happy and full lives.

"Pregnant Pause” is a non-alcoholic yearly event to celebrate healthy pregnancies and healthy babies.

Pregnant Pause is co-sponsored by the Lakewood Health System Foundation and the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol
Syndrome (MOFAS).

Pregnant Pause is a free, fun event with a serious message—FASD is FASD is 100% preventable 100% preventable if alcohol is not consumed during pregnancy. Attendees receive FREE prizes, non-alcoholic beverages, food and the opportunity to participate in fun activities like making home-made soap, constructing a baby scrapbook and more!

Fetal Alcohol Diagnostics
Fax: 218-894-8941
Fetal Alcohol Education
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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