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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Services

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term that describes a range of disabilities that may affect individuals who were exposed to alcohol in their mother’s womb. Drinking alcohol is the only way to have a child born with FASD.

When a pregnant woman drinks alcohol, it can cause irreversible brain damage in the developing infant. There is no known safe amount of alcohol to drink during pregnancy. The effects are permanent and lifelong, and often lead to problems with achievement and social functioning. These issues can be compounded if the mother has poor nutrition, smokes, is in poor health or uses other drugs. 

Prenatal alcohol exposure is the leading cause of preventable birth defects and brain damage in Canada (Public Health Agency of Canada – 2012).  An estimated 135 babies are born with FASD in Saskatchewan every year. 


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1. Disabilities in the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) 

Describes a person with specific facial features, growth deficiency, and central nervous system impairments. It may or may not be confirmed that the mother drank alcohol during her pregnancy. 

Partial Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (pFAS) 

Individuals who don’t have all of the characteristics of FAS, but it is confirmed that the mother drank alcohol during her pregnancy. Some of the facial features of FAS are present and at least one of the following characteristics is present: growth deficiency, central nervous system impairments or behaviour/learning problems. The term ‘partial’ does not mean that the effects on the individual are less severe than FAS. 

Alcohol-Related Neurodevelopmental Disorder (ARND) 

The presence of central nervous system abnormalities and/or a pattern of behavioural/learning impairments.  

Alcohol-Related Birth Defects (ARBD) 

Congenital abnormalities related to the heart, the skeleton, the kidneys, the eyes, or the ears. It must be confirmed that the mother drank alcohol during her pregnancy.

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2. FASD Diagnosis and Assessment Services

Child and Youth Diagnosis and Assessment Services 

  • Assessments by a number of professionals that may include a pediatrician, psychologist, social worker, speech language pathologist and occupational therapist
  • Treatment planning and referrals to therapies and other services 

To access services: 

Northern Saskatchewan - Prince Albert
Parkland Child and Youth Development Clinic
306-765-6055 

Central Saskatchewan - Saskatoon
Alvin Buckwold Child Development Program
306-655-1070 

Southern Saskatchewan - Regina
Qu'Appelle Child and Youth Services
306-766-6700 

Adult Diagnosis and Assessment Services 

  • Psychological assessment and referral to a physician/psychiatrist for diagnosis of adult FASD 
  • Related services including screening, treatment plans, and consultation 

To access services: 

Northern and Central Saskatchewan
Dr. Gerald Block
306-373-3110 - download referral form 

Southern Saskatchewan - Regina
Child and Youth Services
306-766-6700 

Physicians can also refer patients to the Saskatoon Genetics/Teratology Clinic, Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon, 306-966-8112. FASD diagnostic service for adults is available on the first Wednesday of the month.

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3. Find Support in your Community

The FASD Network of Saskatchewan

The FASD Network of Saskatchewan is a parent-led organization that helps individuals with FASD and their families recognize themselves as safe, supported, valued and contributing members of the community. 

The FASD Family Support Program offers individualized support to families living with FASD along with opportunities to gather, connect and share lived experiences. This program has a goal of empowering healthy families and healthy communities. 

Regina Community Clinic 

As part of a holistic approach to health and wellness, the Regina Community Clinic FASD Centre offers two health and wellness programs for individuals impacted by FASD. 

The Addictions Program offers a new approach to understanding addictions with an emphasis on visual and kinesthetic learning styles. Life Skills is based on the needs and abilities of each client and uses more visual and hands-on learning than many other life skills programs. 

Saskatchewan Prevention Institute 

The Saskatchewan Prevention Institute coordinates and administers a provincial FASD prevention program, with a speaker's bureau of public speakers on the topic, the Youth Action for Prevention program, and other initiatives. 

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4. Government Reports and Working Groups

The Government of Saskatchewan is committed to reducing the incidence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in Saskatchewan. Our goal is to provide knowledge, support and timely access to services to support women and families to have alcohol-free pregnancies. 

Cognitive Disabilities Strategy Cross-ministerial Working Group 

This committee is a cross-ministry policy forum to support an integrated approach to meeting the needs of, and improving outcomes for, people with disabilities and their families. The strategy takes into account the impact a disability has on individuals and families. Cognitive disabilities include FASD, autism spectrum disorders and acquired brain injury. 

The committee is chaired by the Ministry of Health, with representation from the Ministries of Social Services, Education, Justice – Corrections, Advanced Education, Economy, and the Office of Disability Issues.

FASD Prevention Framework 2014

The FASD Prevention Framework provides a broad framework to guide the development and implementation of FASD prevention initiatives across human service sectors throughout the province. 

ASD/FASD Evaluation Summary 

A comprehensive evaluation of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) programming in the province, conducted in 2013/14. View the summary report.

Canada Northwest Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Partnership 

Saskatchewan participates on this partnership along with Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Nunavut Territory and Yukon Territory. Through this initiative, the provincial/territorial partners are able to learn from one another, share expertise and resources. Joint conferences and symposiums are also held.

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