FASD assessments are provided for children and youth up to age 19 by the Okanagan Ability Centre in partnership with the Interior Health Authority Children’s Assessment Network (IHCAN). The assessments are completed by a multi-disciplinary team that typically includes a pediatrician, a psychologist, and social worker. Additional professionals such as a psychiatrist, a speech/language pathologist, or an occupational therapist may also be involved.
The psychology assessment provided by OAC involves examination of the cognitive, adaptive and behavioural difficulties often evident in individuals with FASD (e.g., intellectual and functional independence deficits, problems with attention and concentration, communication limitations, learning difficulties, and social struggles). Alternate explanations for observed difficulties, such as other medical or psychological disorders, are considered.