SpeechPathology.com Phone: 800-242-5183


Global Teletherapy - Remote Therapy Experts - April 2021

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Brain Abnormalities

Tatyana Elleseff, M.A., CCC-SLP

April 29, 2013

Share:

Question

 Does Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) always show MRI brain abnormalities?

Answer

No, not to my knowledge.  I will give you a perfect example.  I have a little boy on my caseload.  He is four years old.  It is definitely substantiated that he has FAS which is the primary diagnosis.  FASD is an umbrella term; it is not a clinical or medical diagnoses.  We (pediatrician and I) know he has FAS, but his gains were so slow, so halting, and so labored, even with very intensive therapy. So both the pediatrician and I decided we wanted to look at what was happening to his brain.  He was sent for an MRI and basically the MRI showed absolutely nothing. Since then, I have referred a couple of other children for MRI.  Again, nothing showed.  The brain looked fine, but in reality this child's progress and prenatal history were clearly showing that he has FAS. Sometimes a lesion may be too small to be detected on the scan but may have profound effect on cognition and language abilities.

Tatyana Elleseff MA CCC-SLP is a bilingual speech language pathologist who specializes in working with multicultural, internationally and domestically adopted as well as at-risk children with complex communication disorders. She is a member of NY and NJ, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) multidisciplinary teams, the aim of which is to provide specialized services including speech language assessment and intervention to children identified or presenting with features of FASD.


tatyana elleseff

Tatyana Elleseff, M.A., CCC-SLP

Tatyana Elleseff MA CCC-SLP is a bilingual speech language pathologist who specializes in working with multicultural, internationally and domestically adopted as well as at-risk children with complex communication disorders. She received her MA from NYU, her Bilingual Extension Certification from Columbia University as well as several ACE awards for continuing education from ASHA. She is a member of NY and NJ, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) multidisciplinary teams, the aim of which is to provide specialized services including speech language assessment and intervention to children identified or presenting with features of FASD.  Tatyana’s articles have been published in several magazines including Adoption Today, Adoption Australia, and Advance for Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists. In addition to previously presenting on Speechpathology.com, Tatyana has presented for a number of medical, academic and non-profit organizations including New York University, New Jersey Speech Language and Hearing Convention, American Academy of Pediatrics: Council on Foster Care, Adoption and Kinship , New Jersey Taskforce on Child Abuse and Neglect as well as North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC). 


Related Courses

Facilitating First Verbs through Shared Book Reading
Presented by Susan Hendler Lederer, PhD, CCC-SLP
Video

Presenter

Susan Hendler Lederer, PhD, CCC-SLP
Course: #9735Level: Introductory1 Hour
  'Excellent course'   Read Reviews
This course discusses early verb acquisition, choosing first verb targets, and a variety of strategies to facilitate verb learning using children’s picture books as a therapy context.

The Role of Relationships in Early Development: The Connection Between Experiences and Language Capacity
Presented by Alison D. Peak, LCSW, IMH-E
Video

Presenter

Alison D. Peak, LCSW, IMH-E
Course: #8727Level: Introductory1 Hour
  'Excellent info, very useful'   Read Reviews
This course will provide information on the connection between early experiences and early formation of language. Through this framework, the course will look at the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and serve-and-return interactions on the language gap that exists for many communities across the US.

Embedding Intervention Strategies into Everyday Activities of Infants/Toddlers and Their Families
Presented by Juliann Woods, PhD, CCC-SLP
Video

Presenter

Juliann Woods, PhD, CCC-SLP
Course: #9269Level: Intermediate1 Hour
  'I really liked the 5 questions and how they can be easily applied to therapy'   Read Reviews
While embedded intervention is logically appealing and commonly accepted as a recommended practice, implementation often lacks the intentionality and sufficiency necessary to facilitate child progress and caregiver confidence. This course will highlight both intervention and implementation strategies to increase dosage and generalization of learning for young children. This course is presented in partnership with the American Board of Child Language and Language Disorders (ABCLLD).

20Q: Language Development and Its Clinical Applications
Presented by Nina Capone Singleton, PhD, CCC-SLP, Brian B. Shulman, PhD, CCC-SLP
Text

Presenters

Nina Capone Singleton, PhD, CCC-SLPBrian B. Shulman, PhD, CCC-SLP
Course: #8850Level: Intermediate1.5 Hour
  'Interesting ideas, especially re baby gesture'   Read Reviews
The course provides an overview of influences on early language development, with particular emphasis on pragmatics and semantics. Resources are provided for the speech-language pathologist to use in clinical practice.

Play is FUNdamental: Developmental Aspects of Play as Applied to Children and Individuals with Language and Developmental Disabilities
Presented by Lisa R. Audet, PhD, CCC-SLP
Video

Presenter

Lisa R. Audet, PhD, CCC-SLP
Course: #9386Level: Intermediate1 Hour
  'Encourages us to think about behaviors relative to developmental skill levels of the children we work with'   Read Reviews
This is Part 1 of the four-part series, Play is FUNdamental. This course builds upon a developmental perspective of child play behavior. Core principles of human physical development, as they relate to child engagement in play, will be presented. Stages of language/cognitive play and their correlations to stages of communication intent and language development will be discussed. Participants will learn how to observe behaviors in order to assess play and language in children and older individuals with developmental delays.