What is FASD?
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder or FASD, a medical diagnostic term used to refer to a spectrum of disabilities caused by prenatal exposure to alcohol (Canadian Diagnostic Guidelines 2015). FASD is often referred to as a hidden or invisible disability because most people affected have no noticeable physical features. FASD can impair a person’s learning, physical, cognitive, behavior and development. The effects of FASD are life-long. Health Canada estimates that nine in every 1000 children born in Canada have FASD.
FASD Diagnostic Coordinators
The FASD Diagnostic Coordinators work in partnership with the Manitoba FASD Centre. They screen referrals of children and youth living in the region to ensure diagnostic criteria is met. Providing support and information to families on the journey through assessment, FASD diagnostic coordinators provide follow-up and education post assessment. They also locally host an 8 week informational series on FASD called Building Circles of Support. They also provide education and information for the greater community on FASD through public presentations.
Should you want to discuss a potential referral for a child or youth up to age 18 for an FASD assessment or to obtain information, contact the appropriate Interlake-Eastern RHA's FASD diagnostic coordinators, according to where you live:
Sherisse Picklyk Dear FASD Diagnostic Coordinator (West) 237 Manitoba Ave, Selkirk, MB, R1A 0Y4Phone: 1-204-785-7547 firstname.lastname@example.orgFax: 1-204-785-7698
Referral process:Criteria for assessment include confirmed prenatal alcohol exposure; consent of a child's or adolescent's legal guardian, identified developmental and learning concerns.
Building Circles of Support
Building Circles of Support is an free 8 week information program offered through MBTelehealth locations within the region. Contact a diagnostic coordinator directly for more information and to register.An Educational Series on FASD - 2017 Locations:Selkirk Building Circles of Support - starts April 13Pine Falls Building Circles of Support - starts April 13A program offered in the Interlake-Eastern RHA to address gaps in service to those living with the effects of prenatal exposure to alcohol. Two MB key workers are now in Selkirk and working with caregivers and children/youth located in approximately a one hour drive from Selkirk. They provide education and information specific to the needs of the clients and they assist in accessing support services. They also provide education and information for the greater community on FASD through public presentations. These key workers are advocates for establishing support networks designed around the child/youth’s needs and their strengths in home and in school. Referrals for access to the MB Key Worker program in Selkirk and area can be made by contacting the MB key workers directly: Shannon Foster(204) 785-7548 email@example.comRobyn Laurie(204) firstname.lastname@example.org FORMS for MB Key Worker Program - MB Key Worker Intake Form - MB Key Worker Adult Intake Form