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 in time following. The report is shared with the client and their support team through an interactive process.
We work with youth and adults across all cultural sectors, gender and social status. We do assessments for individuals who are incarcerated and in need of a diagnosis for support in the criminal justice system.
The Importance of Getting a Diagnosis
When the person with FASD is better understood:
– their abilities and strengths are recognized;
– interventions are appropriate and effective;
– they are able to become gainfully employed;
– they are able to access benefits they are now eligible for;
– they are able to return to post secondary education with supports;
– they are able to have medical and mental health needs addressed;
– manage their anxiety and depression;
– caregivers are provided direction for intervention and guidance;/li>
– Decreases the risk of additional challenges in life;
– Facilitates building self advocacy skills;
– Impacts decision making in the criminal justice system
– they 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 for the individual. Referrals can also be made by calling the Clinic Coordinator directly at 250-938-5022.
Adult Action Hall (a non-traditional adult support group for those with FASD)
We offer a weekly, non-traditional support group that focuses on developing the participant’s self advocacy and independent living life skills. We sponsor these support groups throughout the Okanagan including in Indigenous communities.
Groups meet weekly for 10 weeks and focuses on learning about how FASD impacts their life. They learn how to live with FASD rather the believing they are victims of FASD. Participants also learn and how to advocate for themselves to receive the help they need as they achieve their goals. Certificates are awarded to those who attend each 10 weeks session. There is no cost to attend this group. Please call the office to learn more.
Care giver Support Groups
Support Groups for Moms, Dads, grandparents and Caregivers are also available. This group meets monthly. If participants are not available to attend in person due to remote living, there is opportunity to attend the group through encrypted video streaming.
Education and Training:
Workshops, consultations and mentoring are available to the communities in the interior of BC.
Each workshop is designed to meet the needs of the unique participant interests and needs. We can design workshops that are 30 minutes, 2 hours sessions or full day interaction sessions. Contact the office to learn more on how we can support your staff and their learning needs.
We respond to communities, providing them with information and delivery of local and provincial initiative prevention and awareness campaigns.