Diagnosis & Treatment

Speech Samples

"Let's go out to the kitchen where the men are."


"So we can't get any pictures of her."


"Stayed out all night."


"We sent them back to chaperone."



A team of medical professionals should collaborate to diagnose and treat a suspected case of FAS. An ideal team includes:

  • Neurologist
  • Radiologist
  • Neuropsychologist
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Speech-Language Pathologist

Speech-Language Pathology

When working with a speech-language pathologist, the first step is a thorough assessment. This includes a full case history to gather information about exposure to foreign language, education, medical history, and family history. Also important is an examination of oral structures and standardized tests of language and speech intelligibility. Samples of conversational speech and oral reading are used for in-depth analysis of individual speech patterns.

Speech-Language Treatment

Research in the effect of speech-language treatment on FAS is just beginning. Our lab completed a case-study of speech treatment using accent reduction techniques. To read the abstract, click here.


FAS brain MRI

Evolution of a basal ganglia lesion in three successive MR images of a Spanish-speaking FAS patient. The images also show a right temporal lesion.
(Gonzalez-Alvarez et al., 2003) Rev Neurol, 3, 227-234.