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

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...

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

Inclusion in Newcomer Children’s Programs

Inclusion in child care means that all children can attend and benefit from the same child care programs regardless of their diverse abilities. Inclusion removes barriers in order to allow all children, regardless of race, colour or special needs, to fully participate in all aspects of a child care program. Read more

Communication Strategies When Working With Children With Special Needs

For many children with special needs, communication can be an area of challenge. Successful communication may be particularly challenging in your programs, where you are also responding to the diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds of newcomer children and their families. Read more

Building on Every Child’s Abilities

We all have things that we are good at and challenges that we need to work on. Too often, the strengths and abilities of newcomer children with special needs are overlooked or overshadowed by their special needs. By focusing on the strengths that newcomer children bring to your program, you are encouraging the development of healthy self-esteem that will be the foundation for their successful transition to life here in Canada. Read more