Developmental pediatrician: A medical doctor who diagnoses and manages children with conditions that are associated with growth and development.
Dysmorphologist: A pediatrician who has trained 2 â€“ 3 additional years in the causes, treatment and prevention of congenital defects and developmental abnormalities. In determining whether a person has FASD or not, a dysmorphologist looks at facial features along with other physical features, such as the hands, fingers, fingernails, legs, feet and other structures. A dysmorphologist often works in tandem with a geneticist.
Geneticist: A physician who specializes in the study of heredity, genes, and their variations. A geneticist can differentiate between FASD and genetic conditions that have similar manifestations.
Psychologist: A PhD-level scientist or health care worker who is trained in methods of psychological analysis, mental processes, therapy, and research. A psychologist frequently administers assessments and provides counseling, but he or she is not licensed to prescribe medications.
Psychiatrist: A medical doctor who specializes in the study, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders. A psychiatrist may also prescribe medications to lessen the symptoms of certain mental disorders.
Neurologist: A physician who specializes in diagnosing and treating diseases of the brain and nervous system.
Social worker: A licensed health care professional who seeks to improve a person's well-being through casework (linking clients with agencies and programs that will meet their psychosocial needs), counseling, human services management, social welfare policy analysis, community organizing, advocacy, teaching (in schools of social work), and social science research.
Special education teacher: A general term for a teacher specifically trained to work with children who have various disabilities. Children with FASD may need a special education teacher if they require a modified curriculum that cannot be taught effectively in a regular classroom, or intense intervention beyond the scope of what a classroom teacher or a teaching assistant may be able to offer. Children may spend part or much of their daily classroom time with a special education teacher, depending on individual needs.