FASD Diagnostic and Evaluation Clinic
The FASD Diagnostic and Evaluation Clinic is a multidisciplinary clinic created in partnership through Mt. Hope Family Center and Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Golisano Children’s Hospital within the University of Rochester Medical Center. The Clinic currently serves children and adolescents from infancy through age 16 years old. Services available include FASD diagnostic evaluations and neuropsychological assessments to aid in treatment planning.
Prenatal alcohol exposure affects up to 2 to 5 percent of the US population. Children and adults with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) are faced with life-long learning and behavioral challenges. Without appropriate supports, individuals with FASD are at high risk for secondary conditions, such as mental health difficulties, trouble with the law, school disruption, and substance abuse. An early diagnosis and linkage to appropriate services can help prevent these secondary challenges.
The FASD Diagnostic and Evaluation Clinic is the primary specialty diagnostic clinic for FASD in Central and Western New York. A comprehensive FASD diagnostic assessment can help affected individuals and families better understand the nature of a child or adolescent’s difficulties and put appropriate interventions and supports in place.
Clinic Directors: Christie Petrenko, Ph.D. and Lynn Cole, M.S.