Author: Daniel Dubovsky, MSW, SAMHSA FASD
Individuals with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD) are often undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. They frequently fail in our typical treatment systems and are commonly identified as being non-compliant, uncooperative and unmotivated. This presentation examines difficulties that individuals with a FASD have in treatment. We focus on possible misdiagnoses that can impact treatment, along with the necessity of recognizing how a co-occurring FASD with a mental illness and/or other developmental disability informs interventions. Reasons typical approaches to treatment are frequently unsuccessful are discussed, and interventions that can optimize outcomes for the individuals and the agencies that serve them are highlighted.