May 9, 2024


9:15 am

1:00 pm

The Role of the Speech-Language Pathologist on a FASD Diagnostic Team

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is the leading non-genetic cause of developmental disability in Canada. The Manitoba FASD Centre in Winnipeg has been providing assessments for children and youth prenatally exposed to alcohol for over two decades. It typically receives over 400 referrals a year from across the province. The MB FASD Centre follows the Canadian FASD Diagnostic Guidelines (2015) as a framework for the diagnostic process. The Guidelines outline 10 areas of brain domain functioning as part of the neurodevelopmental assessment of FASD. A multidisciplinary team approach which includes a Speech-Language Pathologist (S-LP) is strongly recommended due to the complexity of the disorder. Challenges in the diagnostic process as well as trends in the assessment findings relating to domains of brain functioning will be discussed. Team collaboration in the development of concrete and practical intervention strategies that highlight the client’s strengths and areas of development, will be outlined.