IDENTIFICATION & DIAGNOSIS

Diagnosis is the first step in creating a treatment plan for a child or adult with FASD. We travel to communities closest to clients’ homes to make it easy for anyone to get the answers they need about their or their child’s condition. Our mobile, multidisciplinary teams provide assessment & diagnosis for children, youth and adult clients. Anyone can make a CONFIDENTIAL referral by contacting us.

FASD can be mild to severe, and drinking during pregnancy doesn’t always mean that a child will be affected depending on the quantity and timing. We offer full diagnostic services to anyone who believes they, their child or someone they know could have FASD.

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Adult Team

Our adult FASD team consists of a Diagnostic Coordinator, Psychiatrist, Addictions Worker, Career Counsellor, Neuropsychologist, PDD Rep, Adult Support Worker and Legal Representative. Assessment & Diagnostic Clinics for adults take place once a month.

Children's Team

Our childrens' FASD team is a robust group of health professionals--Diagnostic Coordinator, Pediatrician, Social Worker, Nurse, Neuropsychologist, Family Support Worker, SLP, OT, and a Cultural Liaison and/or Mental Health Worker as required. Assessment & Diagnostic Clinics for children take place twice monthly.

Complex Youth Clinic

Complex Youth Clinic team members are chosen by the Clinic Coordinator and determined by a youth’s unique needs. Complex Youth Clinics happen based on the needs of youth clients. Contact us to learn more.

REFERRAL & CLINIC PROCESS

We’re here to help, and we want to provide the transparency needed for people to know what to expect with our referral and clinic process. This section outlines these processes in detail.

Step One Referral

If there has been prenatal exposure to alcohol then a client has access to our teams. Upon receipt of a completed Referral, the diagnostic coordinator will send out the Information Package for completion. The Information Package consists of:

  • Complete initial Referral Form
  • Complete comprehensive New Client Intake Form
  • For children, the BASC-2, ABAS-II & brief questionnaires are completed by both the caregiver and the school. Teachers may complete a school questionnaire
  • Complete consent forms

Step Two Confirmation & Finalization

Once the Information Package has been returned, the diagnostic coordinator & assistant will compile all necessary information.

  • For child clients, the parent and teacher BASC-2, ABAS-II & brief questionnaires are sent to the neuropsychologist for review and scoring.
  • When all client information is completed, reviewed, scored and processed the file is ready to bring forward for assessment & diagnosis. A clinic date is then scheduled at a convenient location for the client and their family.

Step Three Assessment & Diagnostic Clinic

The Assessment & Diagnostic Clinic begins at 9:00 am and can last most of the day depending on the level of assessment required. The day-long Clinic process consists of:

Interviews:

  • Client interviewed by individual team members as required
  • Family interview

Testing:

  • Non-invasive testing is completed by individual team members as required

Reporting:

  • Individual team member evaluation of interview and testing results
  • Team members group debrief
  • Completion of diagnostic report (the client and their family will be with the clinic assistant during this time)
  • Team member meeting with client (when appropriate) and family to review assessment results and/or diagnosis and recommendations (the client will be accompanied by an appropriate outreach worker to help with interpreting and understanding)

Follow Up & Support:

  • A designated LCFASD outreach team member will follow up with the Client and family within just a few weeks to begin the implementation of recommendations and will help to make community support referrals
  • The full Assessment & Diagnostic Report is sent to the client/family/guardian—in accordance with consent received—4 to 6 weeks following the Clinic date