Summary of Services:

  • Referrals are accepted from parents, physicians, public health nurses, social workers, child care providers and other community partners

  • Developmental assessment and direct therapy provided to children

  • Consultation, education, support, and counseling provided to parents, care providers and other community members

  • Equipment and educational resource loans

  • Toy lending library

  • Specialized Seating clinic and related equipment

Caseload limit: All children from birth to age 5, or commencing Kindergarten, are eligible for an assessment. Children with documented need are eligible for consultation and therapy.

Criteria for acceptance: Child has a special need or has a developmental delay in one or more areas of development.

Funder: Ministry of Children and Family Development

All Centre programs are voluntary.

What do the therapy staff do?

The Speech-Language Pathologist (or Speech-Language Therapist) assesses children who are referred because of concerns about a possible speech and/or language delay. The Speech-Language Therapist prepares a written report about the outcome of the evaluation and makes recommendations as necessary.

When speech/language therapy is indicated, the therapist plans an intervention program, together with the parents and other team members.

The Speech-Language Pathologist is responsible for explaining and demonstrating specific therapy techniques and/or strategies to the child’s family and CDC staff. The therapist evaluates the child’s progress at regular intervals.

The Occupational Therapist assesses a child’s problem-solving, motor and co-ordination skills as they relate to playing, dressing, eating and socializing. In collaboration with the family and team, the Occupational Therapist makes recommendations about therapy and/or adaptations that will allow a child to participate to the best of his/her ability at home and in the community.

The Physiotherapist assesses children who are referred because of concerns about delays or difficulties with gross motor skills. Through specific exercises and activities as well as consultation with the child’s family and team members, the Physiotherapist helps children become more successful with a variety of motor skills such as sitting, walking and climbing.