Victims of FASD have symptoms that ‘aren’t always physical’

Chatham Daily News
> [Chatham, Ontario]
> News Local
>
> May 20, 2015
> Chatham-Kent Public Health
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> The Chatham-Kent Pu blic Health Unit is involved in a pilot project to
> diagnose any children in the municipality who may be suffering from
> Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
>
> Marnie Van Vlymen, manager of the Infant and Child Health Team, said a
> pilot diagnostic clinic is ongoing and there is “a diagnostic team of
> community members.”
>
> Van Vlymen briefly spoke about the project during a presentation of an
> overview of her department’s activities at a meeting of the health
> board Wednesday.
>
> She said victims of FASD may have symptoms “that aren’t always physical.”
>
> Even if no physical symptoms are present, victims can suffer from a
> variety of problems, including learning difficulties, problems with
> memory, and problems socializing and expressing emotions.
>
> But having a diagnosis is key to providing treatment. Van Vlymen said,
> “Once they have a diagnosis, that child has more service options.”
>
> She said: “There are very few diagnostic clinics in Ontario,” and she
> stressed the one in CK is a pilot project only.
>
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