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?
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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.
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
Ontario Infant Hearing Program
The Ontario Infant Hearing Program offers universal hearing screening for all newborns, in order to identify infants who are born deaf or hard of hearing, or who are at risk for developing hearing loss in early childhood. Read More
Children’s Treatment Centres
Ontario Association of Children’s Rehabilitation Services (OACRS) provides services for children and youth with disabilities and their families. The services target children and youth with a variety of developmental, physical and communication challenges such as: autism spectrum disorder, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy and developmental delay. Read More
Diagnostic Information and Resources
You can find reliable information for professionals and parents on topics including diagnostic information sheets, specific programming ideas, programming resources, and referral services on these websites
Canadian Down Syndrome Society
Community Living Ontario
Developmental Services Toronto
Geneva Centre For Autism
Learning Disabilities Association of Canada
Muscular Dystrophy Canada
Ontario Association for Families of Children with Communication Disorders
Ontario Brain Injury Association
Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy
Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association of Canada
Surrey Place Centre
The Easter Seal Society
Safe Kids Canada (Hospital for Sick Children)
The Special Life – Tips and Tools for Special Needs
Children’s Mental Health
For help with understanding mental health issues, finding a directory of mental health services available in Ontario, or on line education and resources for a variety of mental health issues including resilience, the following websites offer a good overview.
Children's Mental Health Ontario
Mental Health First Aid
Parents for Children’s Mental Health
The Provincial Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario
Blind/Low Vision Early Intervention Program in Ontario
When children are diagnosed with blindness or low vision, a referral can be made to the local Blind - Low Vision Program by a physician, ophthalmologist, optometrist, parent or caregiver. The Blind - Low Vision program offers three types of services: Family Support, Intervention Services, Consultation Services. There is a full description of current services on their website