Screening for FASD is the first step in understanding the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure.

The earlier a child gets evaluated and identified as having an FASD, the sooner the family can work together with the child’s teacher and other care providers to support the child’s health and development.

During an FASD evaluation, there are four areas that will be assessed:


Facial Features

Brain Development and Functioning

Exposure to alcohol in utero

Diagnostic terms under the FASD umbrella may include:


Fetal Alcohol

Alcohol Related Neurodevelopmental Disorder

Alcohol Related

Neurobehavioral Disorder Associated with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure (ND-PAE)


The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recommends that a person with prenatal alcohol exposure be assessed by an interdisciplinary team of professionals.

The evaluation may include:

  • Evaluation of the medical history, including prenatal, birth and early childhood history
  • General physical examination
  • Evaluation of growth patterns throughout life
  • Measurement of facial features
  • Psychoeducational evaluation determine learning strengths and weaknesses
  • Occupational therapy evaluation to determine motor functions and sensory processing abilities
  • Speech and language evaluation to determine expressive and receptive communication abilities

DIAGNOSTIC CENTERS Specializing in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in North Carolina


Mission Hospital’s Fullerton Genetics - Asheville, NC

Fullerton Genetics offers diagnostic appointments for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. The team consists of a genetic counselor and medical geneticist.

A referral from the patient’s primary care provider is required for an appointment with the FASD Clinic.

Fullerton Genetics

9 Vanderbilt Park Drive,
Asheville, NC 28803
  (828) 213-0022
Fax – (828) 213-0039

Atrium Health-Levine Children’s Hospital Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Clinic Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Clinic - Charlotte, NC

The following evaluations are required prior to the patient’s initial visit.

• Neuropsychological/psychological evaluations
(with educational achievement testing if patient is a school-aged child)
• Speech-language evaluation
• Occupational therapy evaluation

A referral from the patient’s primary care provider is required for an appointment.

Yasmin Senturias

MD, FAAP Academic Division Chief, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Division | Atrium Health Levine Children;’s FASD clinic of the Carolinas

2608 E. 7th Street
Charlotte, NC 28204
(704) 403-2626
Fax – (704) 403-2699

North Carolina Clinical Genetics Centers

Please contact the genetic centers directly to see if their clinic is evaluating children for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, because not all centers provide this service.

Asheville - Fullerton Genetics Center

9 Vanderbilt Park Drive, Asheville, NC 28803 |  (828) 213-0022 | FAX – (888) 810-2800 |   Click to view website

Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina, Dept. of Pediatrics, Division of Genetics and Metabolism

University of North Carolina, CB 7487, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7250 |  (919) 966-4202 |   Click to view website

Durham, Duke University Medical Center, Dept of Pediatrics, Division of Genetics

P.O. Box 3528, Durham, NC 27710 |  (919) 684-2036 |  Click to view website

East Carolina University, School of Medicine, Dept. of Pediatrics, Division of Genetics

ECU Department of Pediatrics | 600 Moye Blvd, Greenville, NC 27834 |  (252) 744-2525 |  Click to view website

Wake Forest University, School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Medical Genetics

Medical Center Boulevard, Winston-Salem, NC 27157 |  (336) 713-7573 |  Click to view website