Autism, Learning, and Cognitive Disabilities

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Support and services are ​available to Saskatchewan individuals and families who experience cognitive disabilities, including autism and FASD. Learn more at ​​​Health Services for People with Disabilities.

FASD Diagnosis and Assessment 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.

  • 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

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.

Learning and Developmental Disabilities

The following resources are available to health care providers related to patients who experience learning and developmental disabilities:

Financial Help

Forms and Applications

Services for People with Disabilities