I need advice on how to get my son tested for FASD. I apologise for the witter in advance.
Here's the history:
I am his legal guardian so don't get any adoption funding (I have so many issues regarding the lack of support and services offered to SGO families versus adopted/fostered families but that's another story)
He was removed at birth from his BM by social services due to her heavy drinking and substance abuse amongst other things. This is documented by social services and midwives etc and I have a pre birth assessment that I gave to his paediatrician as she was reluctant to put him forward for testing as he "doesn't display facial features"
I have argued with her that facial features are a small part of FASD as it depends when the alcohol was drunk. Unfortunately it was upto 170units per week documented so probably more throughout the pregnancy so he got lucky there although his eyes have the folds its just his very full mouth that distract from the facial features. His head is also quite misshapen.
He is now three and a half and a wonderful little boy that's very happy with lots of character.
However, he displays a lot of FASD characteristics, I even gave the chart someone printed off here with the tick list and descriptions.
She eventually referred him to surrey testing with a very lame letter that I tackled her about and they have sent back a decline. I don't know what to do from here as I have not managed to get hold of anybody to appeal this.
I am aware three is quite young for testing. However, early intervention is best and I want to get the ball rolling as I don't want him going through years of struggling like so many of the kids do because their parents weren't advised of the history.
Any advice would be appreciated.
Many thanks 😊