Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Assessment Process

GHS is one of six FASD diagnostic centers of excellence in Michigan


What is FASD?

According to the CDC “Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) are a group of conditions that can occur in a person who was exposed to alcohol before birth. These effects can include physical problems and problems with behavior and learning. Often, a person with FASD has a mix of these problems.”

A person with FASD might have:

  • Low body weight
  • Poor coordination
  • Hyperactive behavior
  • Difficulty with attention
  • Poor memory
  • Difficulty in school (especially with math)
  • Learning disabilities
  • Speech and language delays
  • Intellectual disability or low IQ
  • Poor reasoning and judgment skills
  • Sleep and suckling problems as a baby
  • Vision or hearing problems
  • Problems with the heart, kidneys, or bones
  • Shorter-than-average height
  • Small head size
  • Abnormal facial features, such as smooth ridge between the nose and upper lip (this ridge is called the philtrum)


How can an assessment help?

  • Identify a child’s strengths and weaknesses
  • Understand the reasons behind a child’s difficulties (e.g., processing/thinking, learning, emotions, and behaviors)
  • Identify educational and treatment needs
  • Provide a comprehensive list of recommendations and next steps.
  • Access recommended services (such as educational, behavioral, and medical services)

The assessment process includes:

  • Psychological testing
  • Medical assessment


Who is Eligible?

Anyone under 18 exposed to alcohol prenatally may be eligible for an assessment.


How do I get started?

Call 810-257-3740 to start the process of receiving services through GHS. Ask for an intake appointment and for FASD Assessment Services.

Once the referral has been received, we will contact the parent/guardian for next steps.