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8/25/11 Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Day September 9
70 Interlake children referred for FASD assessment
 
Stonewall, Man., August 25, 2011—On September 9, people around the world are being encouraged to stop and think about fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). FASD is an umbrella term used to refer to a spectrum of diagnosable disabilities caused by prenatal exposure to alcohol. Health Canada estimates that nine in every 1000 children born in Canada have FASD.
 
Since starting her work as a regional FASD diagnostic coordinator with the Interlake Regional Health Authority last September, Sherisse Picklyk Dear has referred approximately 70 children to the Manitoba FASD Centre for further assessment and diagnosis. The Interlake RHA is one of six regional satellite sites contributing to the establishment of the Manitoba FASD Network by providing a referral service for FASD assessments. The network is an initiative of Manitoba Healthy Living, Youth and Seniors in affiliation with Regional Health Authorities of Manitoba and the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority Child Health Program.
 
In her role, Picklyk Dear screens referrals for eligibility, attends assessment as part of the diagnostic team and is involved with follow-up after diagnosis. In addition to the referrals she has made, she has also shared information with 30 organizations in the Interlake and has provided education and support to caregivers.
 
Click here to learn more about services available in the Interlake Regional Health Authority for diagnosis and assessment of FASD. For more information on the Manitoba FASD Centre, visit www.fasdmanitoba.com.
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Picklyk Dear is available for interview to provide more information about FASD, its presence in the Interlake and the support available for diagnosis and treatment. Please contact Lauralou Cicierski, Public Relations Manager, Interlake RHAat 467-4747 or lcicierski@irha.mb.cato arrange an interview.
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