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CHEO’s School-Based Rehabilitation Services

School-Based Rehabilitation Services 

As of January 1, 2019, CHEO is providing oversight to School-Based Rehabilitation Services in publicly funded schools the Ottawa-Champlain region. 

Our aim at CHEO is to provide a more integrated system of care to families of children and youth with special needs — one that focuses on children’s individual needs and provides a smooth transition between services at CHEO, at home and in the community.

School-based therapy services include:

  • occupational therapy
  • physiotherapy
  • speech-language pathology 

What does this mean for children receiving or waiting for school-based rehabilitation services?: 

Students currently receiving School-Based Rehabilitation Services:

  • Services will continue without any interruption. Over the past number of months, CHEO has been working closely with our Champlain Local Health Integration Network (CLHIN) to ensure continuity of service for students and families, and to support a smooth transition for the contracted service providers. Your student’s established service plan will remain unchanged.

Students waiting for School-Based Rehabilitation Services:

  • Families currently waiting for services will maintain their place on the waitlist and children will continue to be seen on a priority basis.

In the Champlain LHIN, referrals for School-Based Rehabilitation Services are made by the child’s school. CHEO will connect the child to their community-based therapist at either the LHIN or CommuniCare:

  • LHIN therapists provide service in Renfrew County and parts of the Eastern Counties
  • CommuniCare Therapy provides service in Ottawa, North Lanark/North Grenville (NLNG) and parts of the Eastern Counties


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