ADHD and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)


Kieran D. O’Malley (Editor)
Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, Charlemont Clinic, Dublin, Ireland

Series: Neonatology Research Developments
BISAC: MED069000, MED056000

This multi-author book will discuss the history and clinical presentation of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders(FASD) i.e., Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) and Alcohol Related Neurodevelopmental Disorder (ARND). These developmental neuropsychiatric disorders result from prenatal exposure to alcohol during any gestational period of pregnancy. The book will particularly address the co-occurring presence of ADHD in patients with FASD. ADHD is the most frequent neuropsychiatric presentation of FASD throughout the lifespan and it is particularly difficult to manage because the underlying pathophysiology is related to prenatal neurotoxic brain injury.

Although prenatal alcohol exposure , and the resulting FASD, is recognized as the commonest preventable cause of intellectual disability, many clinicians and educators are not aware that 75% to 80% of the patients with FASD have I.Q.s over 70. Thus, the neuropsychiatric presentation of FASD can often be unrecognized or misunderstood. FASD are the true clinical ‘masqueraders’ and ADHD is their most likely disguise. The authors are all experienced professionals from a wide range of disciplines working throughout the USA and Canada. They have been involved in the diagnosis, research and management of FASD for many years and this book will bring their collective knowledge regarding management from infancy to adulthood to an inter-professional audience. (Imprint: Nova Biomedical)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders ( FASD). An Overview (pp. 1-24)
Kieran O’Malley

Chapter 2 – Infant, Toddler, Young Child Systems of Care for Patients with FASD and their Families (pp. 25-38)
Kieran O’Malley

Chapter 3 – Sensory Processing and Integration in FASD (pp. 39-50)
Tracy Jirikowic

Chapter 4 – The Pathophysiology of ADHD in Patients with ADHD and FASD. The Role of Medication (pp. 51-68)
Kieran O’Malley

Chapter 5 – The Role of Therapeutic Intervention in Substance –Abusing Mothers: Preventing FASD in the Next Generation (pp. 69-94)
Therese Grant et al.

Chapter 6 – Neuropsychological Profiles of Children and Adolescents with FASD and ADHD (pp. 95-120)
Donald and Valerie Massey

Chapter 7 – Adult Neuropsychology of FASD (pp. 121-142)
Kathy Page

Chapter 8 – Sexually Inappropriate Behavior in Patients with FASD (pp. 143-178)
Natalie Novick

Chapter 9 – Identifying and Treating Social Communication Disorders in Children with FASD (pp. 179-196 )
Truman E Coggins et al.

Chapter 10 – FASD and ADHD: The Nuts and Bolts of Diagnosis and Treatment in the Real World (pp. 197-216)
Phil Mattheis

Chapter 11 – Multi-Modal Management Strategies in FASD through the Lifespan; pp. 217-236
Kieran O’Malley

Chapter 12 – Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) in the Adult: Vulnerability, Disability or Diagnosis – a Psychodynamic Perspective; pp. 237-268
Arthur K. Sullivan


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