Assessment and Diagnosis
We use the Canadian Standards of FASD Diagnosis to assess and confirm a diagnosis of FASD. After the assessment, the client is provided a complete report featuring the clients strengths, recommendations for additional medical intervention and educational, employment, justice, psycho-social and daily living recommendations. A summary visual report is provided to the client for easy reference. The report is shared with the client and their support team through an interactive process.
We work with youth over 15 years of age and adults across all cultural sectors, gender and social status. We also complete assessments for individuals who are in need of a diagnosis for support with decision making in the criminal justice system.
Anyone can make a referral for an assessment – family members, support professionals, even self referrals are accepted. Individuals They do NOT need a referral from a family doctor.
The assessment process begins with a conversation with the clinic coordinator. Referrals forms are completed and the research part of the assessment starts. While the research happens, patients have their hearing assessed by “Connect Hearing”, vision is assessed and blood work needs to be done. The clinic doctor will provide the referral for the blood work.
They psychologist does an assessment to better understand how the patient processes information, what level academic skills are at and a determination of strengths the patient has. The physician then conducts several meetings with the patient and someone who knows the patient well -e.g. a care giver, parent or family member.
If needed, an occupational therapist will do an assessment to help better understand memory, muscle and coordination issues.
A final report is submitted to the Clinic Coordinator who presents the information to the patient and their support community as needed.
Why Should I Get a Diagnosis?
- The person with FASD is better understood and not judged by others by others:
- Their abilities and strengths are recognized;
- Follow up interventions are appropriate and effective;
- They are able to experience gainful employment;
- They are able to access government benefits they are now eligible for. e.g. PWD, Persons With Disabilities Status, Tax reduction.
- They can access post secondary education to complete GED or begin training in the trades. With a diagnosis, there are significant supports available from the Colleges.
- They are able to have appropriate medical and mental health needs addressed
- With diagnosis, anxiety, depression and PTSD can be addressed;
- Caregivers and those who love the individual are offered support for learning more about FASD, providing appropriate interventions, self care guidance;
- Increases the opportunities for the individual to feel empowered, build self esteem and self advocate for their needs;
- Impacts decision making around charges and sentencing in the criminal justice system;
- Individuals are able to (re)build personal relationships, obtain housing and live in their community in a meaningful fulfilling way.
All referrals must be made with the client’s consent, or the consent of the legal guardian. An individual may self‐refer, or be referred by anyone who believes the assessment would be helpful in reducing crisis and high risk behaviours. Referrals can be made by calling the Clinic Coordinator directly at 250-938-5022.