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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Services

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) refers to a spectrum of physical and neurological conditions, occurring because of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure in utero. FASD is considered a permanent brain injury where the connections, neurons and network of the brain have been permanently changed.  

ErinoakKids has an FASD Worker who provides services and support to families in Peel. The FASD worker offers a one-on-one consultation and  follow-up services with parents and caregivers of children  with FASD.

Did you know...

Prenatal Alcohol Exposure
Primary vs. Secondary Characteristics

FASD is 2.5x more common than Autism

FASD affects more than 4% of the Canadian population (approximately 1,500,000 Canadians have FASD)

Prenatal Alcohol Exposure can affect 10 brain domains:

  • Memory
  • Attention
  • Language
  • Cognition
  • Affected Regulation
  • Adaptive Behaviour
  • Executive Function
  • Motor Skills
  • Neuorphysiology / Neuronanatomy

can result in specific physical facial features (however, less than 10% of the population presents with the physical facial features)

Approaching FASD within the Neurobehavioural Model is important to understanding the disability.

Primary characteristics are learning, developmental and/or physical responses to the environment. Primary characteristics are related to brain function and structure.

Secondary characteristics are normal human reactions to pain. Secondary defensive behaviours indicate poor fit between the person and their environment. Secondary characteristics are preventable through identification and elimination of their source.

Referral Criteria

  • Children 0 – 18 years (and 18-21 years still in school) with a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of FASD.
  • Must live in Peel

A referral is required to access this service: 

Register for FASD Referral and Intake

FASD Services

FASD Workshops

FASD Worker Service

FASD Connection Peel 

Support Group Local Meetings led by caregivers/parents

For parents and caregivers of children who have a confirmed or suspected FASD diagnosis, gain insight into FASD topics including behaviour difficulties, the structure and function of the brain that is affected due to prenatal alcohol exposure. Visit for dates on upcoming meetings.

Additional FASD Resources

For province-wide FASD information please visit

Coordinated Service Planning Toronto: FASD Workshops, Recordings and Documents

Living Life “On the Flip Side” eLearning Training Module

Le Trouble du spectre de l’alcoolisation fœtale (TSAF) – de l’autre côté module d’apprentissage