Need an FASD Assessment?
An FASD assessment may lead to a diagnosis. At the core, a FASD assessment requires specific psychological testing and a medical review by a physician trained in FASD who may give a diagnosis. Depending upon the age of the individual, other resources may also be recommended.
Since 2015 new Canadian diagnostic guidelines have been in place. This has changed the language of FASD and the term “FASD” is now a diagnostic term. If you have questions about the history of terminology (FAS, FAW, pFAS, ARND or other terminology) please feel free to call.
At the Regina Community Clinic’s FASD Centre, we specialize in assessing older teens and adults.
The process for FASD assessments and diagnosis takes time because a variety of information about the client’s biological family, medical history, and social history is required. At the clinic, the FASD manager will work with you to help gather needed information:
- permission to gather information may include birth records, psychological reports, psychiatric reports
- information from other involved professionals (teachers, physicians, service providers, etc)
- family medical history and social history
- whenever possible we would like to talk to the birth mother and any other caregivers, who are directly involved in the well-being of the person being assessed.
When all the information is collected, then it will be forwarded to the psychologist to start the FASD assessment process.
When an FASD assessment is completed, the physician and the FASD case manager can meet with the client and caregivers to discuss the findings and recommendations of the assessment. Naturally, this requires consent of the client.
Once an understanding of the assessment is in place, the FASD case manager can continue to be a resource for the client in order to develop long-term, practical action and support plans for the client as he/she moves through the various systems (i.e. justice, education, employment).
Contact Cheryl at 543-7880 ext 268 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information regarding assessments.