Diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) involves detailed review of your child’s history, a comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation, and a physical examination by medical professionals.
The clinicians at Goldfinch Neurobehavioral Services have expertise in the area of FASD and can complete the history review and neuropsychological evaluation needed for diagnosis.
We have also developed relationships with medical providers in the community who can complete the necessary physical examination. Let us give you the diagnostic clarification you need to find the right supports for your child.
What is the evaluation process?
STEP 1 – Contact Us
Contact us by phone (952-236-1267) or via the contact form.
STEP 2 – Complete Paperwork
Complete the intake paperwork via the patient portal.
STEP 3 – Schedule Appointments
Schedule the evaluation by phone. Most children will require one full day of testing. Caregivers will then meet with the evaluating clinician for a second appointment one week later to review results and discuss treatment planning.
STEP 4 – Attend Appointments
Attend the appointments. A legal guardian must be present with the child for the full day testing appointment. During the testing appointment we will conduct interviews and administer tests. The second appointment is a one-hour telehealth meeting with caregivers during which results and treatment recommendations will be reviewed.
STEP 5 – Follow-Up with Referrals
Follow-up with referrals as directed. If your child has not yet had a physical examination for FASD you will be provided with community referrals. Upon completion, your provider will share the results with us.
STEP 6 – Written Report
Obtain the written report. We will send you a detailed neuropsychological evaluation report approximately 4-6 weeks after your final appointment. If the physical examination has not yet been completed, we will update the report and send a new version with final diagnostic decisions upon receipt of the physical examination’s findings.
STEP 7 – Implement Treatment
Implement treatment recommendations and watch your child gain the support and confidence they need to grow!
STEP 8 – Schedule Follow-Up Evaluations
We will contact you to schedule follow-up evaluations as recommended by your provider to ensure your child continues to thrive. You can also contact us for re-evaluation prior to major life transitions, when growth plateaus, or when new obstacles emerge. We will be happy to help!
The Goldfinch Difference
At Goldfinch Neurobehavioral Services our pediatric neuropsychologists pride themselves on being thorough, compassionate, and accessible. We understand that families come to us in need of guidance in the face of overwhelming obstacles. Our neuropsychologists are dedicated to gathering extensive information about each child’s history and their caregivers’ concerns for them. We strive to view our test data in the context of that information, and to present our findings in a digestible manner that provides concrete direction for moving forward.