FASD & the Justice System


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Term Definition
a major division of the vertebrate brain; situated above the medulla oblongata and beneath the cerebrum in humans. It has many functions including cognition, voluntary muscle movement, behaviour, memory and the maintenance of posture and balance.
Co-occurring Diagnoses
are diagnoses that occur at the same time. Co-occurring diagnoses are extremely common with FASD. Typical additional diagnoses include R/AD-Radical Attachment Disorder, OCD-Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, ODD-Oppositional Defiant Disorder, CD-Conduct Disorder, BPD-Borderline Personality, SID-Sensory Information Disorder, AD/HD-Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, LD-Learning Disorder, and Depression.
Corpus Callosum
The arched bridge of nervous tissue that connects the two cerebral hemispheres, allowing communication between the right and left sides of the brain. The structure that passes information from the left brain (rules, logic) to the right brain (impulse, feelings) and back again.