COLLABORATIVE & INTEGRATED APPROACH:
CENTRAL ALBERTA OBD CLINIC
[OBD: Organic Brain Dysfunction]
We know that identification and diagnosis is important to create a comprehensive and effective treatment plan for a child or adult with FASD. Our clinic offers full diagnostic services to anyone who believes they or someone they know could have FASD.
Anyone can make a CONFIDENTIAL referral by contacting us.
FASD can be mild to severe, and drinking during pregnancy doesn’t always mean that a child will be affected depending on the quantity and timing. For this reason, we exclusively use the OBD Triage instrument and model © Lawyrk, L. (2010). The model has been written for women and by women and allows for thoughtful exploration of numerous variables for consideration by the clinic team to enhance OBD diagnostic outcomes.
There’s a lot to know about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, or FASD. To help you understand better, we’ve pulled together some of the most frequently asked questions about FASD.
How does it work?
Our Clinic Coordinator is your dedicated contact from the beginning of our diagnostic process to the end. Our Coordinator works with clients, families and caregivers to provide guidance and support while leading the collaborative diagnostic process. This role is responsible for team logistics and serves as the point of contact for you and the multidisciplinary diagnostic team.
Our multidisciplinary team consists of a Clinic Coordinator, Medical Doctor, Psychiatrist, Speech Therapist and Occupational Therapist that evaluate the medical, cognitive, behaviour, communication and adaptive functioning of each of our clients. This collaborative and integrated approach advances all assessments and recommendations to provide a tailored, dynamic and comprehensive diagnostic report.
REFERRAL & DIAGNOSTIC CLINIC PROCESS:
WHAT TO EXPECT
Step One: Referral
Referrals can be made from all sources, including self-referrals by contacting us.
Step Two: OBD Screening
Complete OBD screening with the Clinic Coordinator.
Step Three: Confirmation
Clinic Coordinator gathers and reviews necessary information to determine eligibility. If prenatal exposure to alcohol is determined then a client has access to our team for assessment & diagnosis.
Step Four: Assessment
Clinic date is scheduled. Client is interviewed and assessed by individual team members.
Step Five: Reporting
Team member meeting with client, family and supports to review assessment results and/or diagnosis and recommendations. The team meeting is strength-based in its delivery and focused on interpretation and understanding for all.
Step Six: Follow Up & Support
Clinic Coordinator will follow up within just a few weeks to review implementation of recommendations and provide support where necessary.