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June 2015

UKAP FAS Consensus Meeting 

Amba Charing Cross Hotel

Saturday 27th June 2015

On Saturday 27th June 2015, leading specialists in ADHD and Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) met together in London to share their expertise at a consensus meeting hosted by the UK ADHD Partnership (UKAP) and The National Organisation for Foetal Alcohol Syndrome-UK (NOFAS-UK).  The meeting provided the opportunity to hold key discussions around the complexities of co-morbid ADHD and FAS. 

The dynamic and varied programme included talks, discussions and group work focusing on identification, diagnosis, treatment, management and multi-agency liaison in ADHD and FASD.

Following a welcome from UKAP’s president, Professor Susan Young, issues surrounding co-morbid ADHD and FASD were addressed from different perspectives, reflecting the broad range of expertise in the room.  Psychiatrists, psychologists, education experts, researchers and people with personal experience of the impact of ADHD and/or FASD engaged in lively, thought provoking discussions throughout the day.  Topics included risk factors, clinical presentations, the criminal justice system, and pharmacological, psychological and educational interventions in co-morbid ADHD and FASD.

Over twenty experts worked together towards a consensus statement for a unified approach to ADHD and FASD.  Numerous consensus points arose from the discussions, including recognition of the need for further guidance on screening and diagnosis, a more in depth understanding of the complex physical, behavioural, psychological and cognitive presentations of co-morbid ADHD and FASD, specialised interventions, the need for multi-agency approaches and increased awareness of both disorders. 

The day received very positive feedback, and was considered to be an overwhelming success.  We were thrilled to welcome experts with such a wealth of experience, and we look forward to announcing the publication of a consensus statement on ADHD and FASD.

View a selection of photos from the meeting