Special Needs External Resources

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.

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

Apraxia Kids

Autism Ontario

Canadian Down Syndrome Society

Community Living Ontario


Developmental Services Toronto

Epilepsy Ontario

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 www.kidsmentalhealth.ca Mental Health First Aid www.mentalhealthfirstaid.ca Parents for Children’s Mental Health www.pcmh.ca The Provincial Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario www.onthepoint.ca

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.