Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term for:
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS)
Partial Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (pFAS) Alcohol Related Neurodevelopmental Disorder (ARND)
- FASD is a result of alcohol exposure during pregnancy that can affect the developing brain
- FASD is often referred to as a “hidden” or “invisible” disability because most people affected have no noticeable physical features.
- Manitoba has about 130 FASD-related births per year
- About 15 percent of Manitoba women report consuming alcohol while pregnant (Source: Family screening data)
The FASD Network was announced in September 2009. The goal is to increase accessibility to FASD diagnostic services throughout the province. The Network will build diagnostic capacity throughout the province. Manitoba Health and Changes for Children have provided funding. All 11 RHAs are part of the Network. Referral to your regional FASD Coordinator
There are seven regional FASD Coordinators in Manitoba who:
To discuss a potential referral of a child for an FASD assessment, contact:
Sherisse Picklyk Dear
FASD Diagnostic Coordinator,
Interlake Regional Health Authority
325-825 Manitoba Ave
Selkirk, MB, R1A 2B5
A referral form needs to be completed and sent to the Interlake RHA Coordinator. Referrals are accepted from a variety of sources including:
Criteria for Assessment include known prenatal alcohol exposure; consent of a child's or adolescent's legal guardian, identified developmental and learning concerns Once a Referral is Received
The FASD coordinator contacts the legal guardian and assesses eligibility. An intake package is sent to the legal guardian. The FASD coordinator is available to meet with families and/or schools to assist with gathering required information. Families may be asked to forward copies of any earlier assessments that have been completed. The Coordinator forwards the completed intake package to the diagnostic centre for determining the assessment plan. A letter is sent to the family and source of referral outlining the assessment plan.
Assessments for the Interlake RHA take place at the Manitoba FASD Centre in Winnipeg using a multidisciplinary team approach in accordance with the FASD Canadian National Guidelines. The assessment team is composed of :
- Physicians (Developmental Pediatricians, Geneticists)
- Speech Language Pathologist
- Occupational Therapist
- Social WorkerRegional Diagnostic Coordinator
One of three assessment teams will be assigned: preschool team, school-age team, adolescent team. Assessments are not available for individuals over 18 years old.
Building Circles of Support
For Parents of Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Building Circles of Support is an 8 week information program. Each week is a different topic on FASD which can include a guest speaker and handouts.
Sherise will be hosting the sessions in Selkirk (Selkirk Hospital) and Diane Gardarsdottir will be hosting the sessions in Eriksdale (Eriksdale Wellness Centre). Devon Ungurain will host the sessions of our Beausejour and Berens River.
Please call or email Sherisse to register for either the Eriksdale or Selkirk site at email@example.com
Please call or email Devon for Beausejour or Berens River sites at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The assessment team sends a multidisciplinary report to the legal guardian and others, with consent of the legal guardian, addressing diagnosis, recommendations, descriptions of strengths and weaknesses
Sign up for:
The Interlake RHA’s Building Circles of Support educational series offered through Tele-health at locations within the region. This program targets family members of children diagnosed with FASD. It offers valuable education to all those who interact with children who live with this disorder.
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