Determine whether an assessment of cause has ever been done. If cause was established, consult available relevant management guidelines (eg, Health Watch Tables for specific syndromes).57,60,61
Refer for assessment
If cause is unknown, contact a genetics centre for advice on referring patients for an assessment or re-assessment.62,64-66
Genetic Assessment: FAQ
The Genetic Assessment: Frequently Asked Questions fact sheet, developed by the Developmental Disabilities Primary Care Initiative at Surrey Place (Toronto, 2011) provides information on types of genetic assessments and referral procedures.
Genetics Centres in Canada
Contact information for Genetics Centres in Canada is available at the Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors.
Health Watch Tables
Syndrome specific Health Watch Tables, developed by the Developmental Disabilities Primary Care Initiative at Surrey Place (Toronto, 2011) highlight health issues and preventive care actions for genetic syndromes such as Autism, Down Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder.
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