Special Needs Quick Tip Sheets

Supporting Immigrant Children with Special Needs and Their Families

Newcomer families are experiencing the difficult transition of starting life in a new country after leaving friends, family and their support network behind. As one of the first points of contact, your program’s support is vital to all newcomer families, but especially to the success of children with special needs and their families. Read More

Tips for Encouraging Children to Talk

Did you know that you can encourage children to speak by setting up opportunities for the child to practise target words and using strategies called communication temptations? Read more...

Stress and Mental Health in the Newcomer Child

Newcomer children are adapting to a new environment, new sights, sounds, foods and people. On top of this, they are learning to understand a new language. All of this can lead to stress, and can present as physical, emotional and intellectual changes. By learning to recognize the signs of stress and helping newcomer children to build their resiliency, you can assist them in coping with life’s challenges today and into the future.Read more...

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...

How can I help immigrant families who have children with special needs?

It can be difficult to know what to do when a child is showing signs of developmental delays or has significant behavioural issues.  To help, we've added two new resources on how to share information with newcomer parents, and making a referral.

Making a Referral

As a caregiver, you have developed a wealth of experience when it comes to understanding children’s behaviour and recognizing developmental milestones. Still, it can be difficult to know what to do when a child is showing signs of developmental delays or has significant behavioural issues. By taking steps to refer a child in your program to a supportive professional, you can help them address issues they are facing today, as well as avoid a range of related issues that might arise in the future.Read More

From Screening to Referral: Sharing Information with Parents

For a child care professional, good communication with families is essential. By building a foundation of trust, it will become easier to share important concerns about a child’s development. Read More

Inclusion: What Does It Mean?

Inclusion means giving children with special needs and their parents or caregivers the same opportunities to learn, enjoy and participate as other families have. All children benefit from inclusion. Exposure to children with diverse skills and abilities at a young age provides a foundation for a lifetime of understanding and respecting differences. It promotes awareness of human differences and leads to greater acceptance.Read more

Supporting Children With Special Needs and Their Families- Administrators

Newcomer children and their families have experienced the difficult transition of leaving friends and family behind and are learning to adapt to their new country. Many have left behind their network of support. The special needs of a child may have been a non-issue in their home culture or may have been perceived in a different way. Your team’s support is vital to establishing successful communication. Provide your staff with resources and support to welcome a newcomer child with special needs into your program. Read more

Inclusion in Newcomer Children’s Programs

What is inclusion? Child care inclusion means that all children can attend and benefit from the same child care programs. Inclusion as a core principle in a pan-Canadian child care system would eliminate any exclusion based on [special abilities] and would go beyond non-discrimination – assuring that children with disabilities get the support they need to benefit from child care. Read more