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FASD or Prenatal exposure to alcohol
 
Interlake-Eastern RHA has FASD diagnostic services and supports available for caregivers with children/youth who have been exposed to alcohol prenatally.


What is FASD?
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder or FASD ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​is a medical diagnostic term that describes the range of effects that can occur in an individual who was exposed to alcohol prenatally (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 Devon Ungurain
FASD Diagnostic Coordinator FASD Diagnostic Coordinator
237 Manitoba Avenue HEW Primary Health Care Centre
Selkirk MB  R1A 0Y4 31-1st Street, Box 1208
Phone: 1-204-785-7547 Beausejour MB  R0E 0C0
spicklykdear@ierha.ca Phone: 1-204-268-7705
Fax: 1-204-785-7698 dungurain@ierha.ca
Fax: 1-204-268-4194


Your Guide to FASD Assessment


The referral process for an FASD assessment in Manitoba
The Manitoba FASD center will accept referrals for children up to the age of 18. A referral form must be completed and sent to one of the FASD Diagnostic Coordinators in your area. The referral criteria for assessment is based upon the 2015 Canadian Diagnostic Guidelines and includes; Confirmed and reliable prenatal alcohol exposure information; Consent from the child's or adolescent's legal guardian; Identified developmental and learning concerns. Should you have any questions regarding the criteria or the referral and assessment process, please contact one of the FASD Diagnostic Coordinators in your area.

FASD Referral Form



​​​​​​Building Circles of Support
Building Circles of Support is a free 8 week informational series offered through MBTelehealth locations within the region.  ​​​​​​​
Building Circles of Support is for caregivers of children and youth with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Please contact an FASD Diagnostic Coordinator directly for more information and to register. 


The Manitoba Key Worker Program
A 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.
 

Manitoba Key Worker Program Brochure

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 Robyn Laurie
237 Manitoba Avenue 237 Manitoba Avenue
Selkirk MB  R1A 0Y4 Selkirk MB  R1A 0Y4
Phone: (204) 785-7548 Phone: (204) 785-7680
sfoster@ierha.ca rlaurie@ierha.ca
Fax: (204) 785-7698 Fax: (204) 785-7698
  
          
Referral Forms for MB Key Worker Program 
 MB Key Worker Intake Form          
 MB Key Worker Adult Intake Form 

 

 

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