Special Needs

Developmental Disability Across Cultures

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities promote the acceptance, integration and inclusion of people with disabilities into mainstream society. The integration of a disabled child may not be the norm for a newcomer family’s culture of origin.Different cultures have different views of disability and treat children with developmental disabilities in different ways. Find out more...

Children with special needs benefit from classroom inclusion

The secret to boosting the language skills of preschoolers with disabilities may be to put them in classrooms with typically developing peers, a new study finds. Read more...

Child Assessment and Diagnosis in Winnipeg

The Child Development Clinic (CDC) in Winnipeg provides assessment and referral support for preschool aged children who have a developmental, behaviour or physical disability. Find out more about what parents can do if they have a concern, and what will happen after a diagnosis here.

Understanding Sensory Issues in Young Children: The Importance of Sensory Integration

Watch this video to gain an understanding of sensory integration. This video uses animation to provide information about: the 7 senses, how individuals use sensory information, and possible signs of sensory integration issues. Visit Pathways.org for more information, including a sensory integration checklist useful for checking any possible sensory issues in children.

Does My Child Have A Sensory Issue?

Watch this video to learn about possible signs of sensory integration issues. This video shows an expert panel of health professionals discussing how sensory integration or sensory processing affects children and the real-life stories of parents of children with sensory issues.

How to Connect Families with Special Needs Support

Your CNC team’s support can play an essential role in connecting newcomer children with special needs and their families to life-changing support and early intervention. Families are often more likely to talk to another professional if they are introduced by someone they know and trust; but haring concerns can still be challenging. Because your team already has the connection and relationship with the families, it’s important to learn about resources, supports and services that are available in your community and to develop connections. Find out how in this tip sheet, which is available in English and French.

Helping You Meet the Requirements: Supporting Newcomer Children With Special Needs

It is important to meet the needs of all children, but early intervention is particularly critical for a child with special needs. This article will explain how you can support these families…and meet CNC requirements.

Helping children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)

You know about the five senses—sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell—but you may not be aware that most of us have two additional sensory systems that help us to control and integrate the information we gather. Children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) find it difficult to process and act on information received through these senses. Read more...

Resources for Making Visual Schedules

Visual strategies and reminders can help to make routines and expectations clear for children—something that can be extremely helpful in preventing problem behaviour and reducing anxiety. These types of strategies can also improve a child’s ability to communicate. Read More

Incorporating Diversity – Julie Dotsch

Diversity refers to all the ways that humans are unique. It influences many things, including how we judge others, how society values individuals and the outcomes individuals will have in life. Julie Dotsch, an ECE Diversity consultant for One World, explores ways to incorporate diversity in your program. Read More