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.   Assessments are completed by a team of therapists and include a psychologist and pediatrician. A report with information about the assessment as well as suggestions will be provided as well as support to access other 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 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