Child and Youth Diagnostic and Support Team

The Child Development Centre and Yukon Education work together to provide diagnostic and support services for Yukon children and youth from birth to 18 years of age.

What services do we provide?

1. Multidisciplinary assessment and diagnostic services for children and youth with complex needs including those who have Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).


2. Written reports and sharing of assessment and diagnostic information with families. This includes suggestions for intervention and long term planning.


3. Support for children/youth and their families including facilitating access (or connection) to other support services.


What type of assessments do we provide?

1. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) - Preschool and School Age Team

  • Any child who may have been exposed to alcohol before birth can be referred. Confirmation of prenatal alcohol exposure must be obtained before the assessment can proceed.
  • FASD is a term that describes a number of conditions that can occur when a child is exposed to alcohol prenatally. FASD has lifelong developmental, physical, and behaviours effects.


2. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) – Preschool Team

  • ASD is a neurological disorder. Children with ASD may have difficulties with communication, social interaction, and behaviour.


3. Complex Behaviour – Preschool Team

  • Children who have significant behavioural or developmental concerns may be seen for a complex behavior assessment. This may include children who are referred for an FASD assessment but prenatal alcohol exposure cannot be confirmed.  



Who is on the team?

The team may consist of the following people:

  • Diagnostic coordinator
  • Pediatrician
  • Psychologist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Speech Language Pathologist

The children and youth, their caregivers, and community supports are seen as a part of the team. We value their involvement throughout the assessment process.


Who can make a referral?

Referrals are usually made by caregivers, doctors, public health nurses, social workers, educators, and other individuals who know the child and family.


Families must be aware of and in agreement with the referral.


How do you make a referral?

Referrals can be made by calling the diagnostic coordinator at 867-456-8182 ext. 193, or by filling out the referral form (LINK) and returning it to the diagnostic coordinator at:


Mailing Address:

Brooke McKenzie, Diagnostic Coordinator

Child Development Centre

PO Box 2703

Whitehorse, Yukon

Y1A 2C6


Fax:       867-393-6374