All children and youth deserve to have a healthy, happy childhood and a chance to be the best they can. Some need extra help because they have one or more problems relating to their:
- physical health
- emotional health
- mental health
Our goal is to focus on the needs of children with physical, developmental or communication needs with the aim to open a world of opportunity for children in the Chatham-Kent area through numerous services uniquely shaped for each child.
You may be unsure if your child’s abilities or behaviour are a normal part of growth or something unexpected. If delays in your child’s development become apparent, don’t wait to see if things change. The links below will help you determine if there is a need for support.
If you think your child is having difficulties with hearing, speech, language, motor skills, play, preschool readiness skills, etc, it is important to ask for help right away. Early services can help improve your child’s readiness for school, self esteem and self confidence. Your child may also have less frustration and fewer behaviour challenges.
Children learn speech and language by listening to others. If difficulties in hearing exist, a child cannot experience the full benefit of language learning experiences. The sooner a hearing loss is detected, the earlier services may be started so they too will develop speech and language like their peers.
From the time of diagnosis, right through their school years, we are building and improving the range of services for young people with autism to meet their needs at every stage of development.
We provide parenting support to assist with aggression, anxiety, non-compliance, inattention, and over-activity. We can help you to master strategies to address concerning behaviours about your child. Appointments are offered in-home, community, and childcare centres.
If you have concerns about your child’s overall development, we offer information, advocacy, and informal assessment services to parents. Appointments can occur in home, childcare, and school settings. We work directly with community agencies to coordinate a service plan to match your child’s strengths and needs.
Play therapy services can help children who have experienced a traumatic event, display anxiety, or emotional distress. We offer counselling services for preschoolers that may benefit from one-to-one assistance in a therapeutic setting.
Self help, play and getting ready to learn in school are the primary jobs for children. OT’s help children to be as independent as possible during their daily routines at home, in childcare and school. OT’s assist with seating, and development of preschool fine motor skills such as printing, cutting, building and copying.
Physiotherapists help with the development of movement skills such as crawling, sitting, walking, running and jumping. Physiotherapy helps to improve movement, independence and participation in the community.
Speech therapists help children with speech and language difficulties such as sound production, understanding and using language, voice, fluency and early literacy skills.
If you have concerns about your child’s vision, don’t wait. The sooner blindness or low vision is identified, the sooner your child can have the help needed for the best opportunity for healthy development.