Wee Start /Getting Started Services to Interventions / Supports
OCTC offers services for a small area of North Grenville (Burritts Rapids, Kemptville, Oxford Mills, Oxford Station) and Lanark (Almonte, Carleton Place, Clayton, Lanark, MacDonalds Corners, Pakenham)
Please call the OCTC intake to determine if you are living within OCTC’s catchment area. 613 737-0871 or 1 800 565-4839 Ext: 4425. If you live in Lanark and Grenville but outside OCTC’s catchment area please contact Child Development Centre at Hôtel Dieu Hospital in Kingston 613-544-3400 ext. 3175 or 613-544-3310 – www.kingstoncdc.ca
Questions and answers following your child’s determination of needs
What services may my child receive through OCTC based on their needs at one of the Ottawa sites?
Before entering Junior Kindergarten: Your child may receive the following services: Getting Started Services, Medical Clinics (including Developmental Pediatricians and Registered Nurses), Psychology, Dietitian, Occupational Therapy (OT), Physiotherapy (PT), Blind and Low Vision Early Intervention Services, Clinic for Augmentative Communication (CAC), Seating and Mobility, Technical Services and for children with a physical disability, School Liaison Services and Social Work Services (Social Worker, Family Resource Worker).
In Junior Kindergarten: Your child may receive the following services: Medical Clinics (including Developmental Pediatricians and Registered Nurses), Psychology, Dietitian, Blind and Low Vision Early Intervention Services, Clinic for Augmentative Communication (CAC), Seating and Mobility, Technical Services and for children with a physical disability School Liaison Services and Social Work Services (Social Worker, Family Resource Worker).
In Senior Kindergarten: Your child may receive the following services: Medical Clinics (including Developmental Pediatrician and Registered Nurses), Psychology, Dietitian, Blind and Low Vision, Clinic for Augmentative Communication (CAC), Seating and Mobility, Technical Services, and for children with a physical disability School Liaison Services Social Work Services (Social Worker, Family Resource Worker).
Why is Social Work Services assigned to my family?
If your child has a physical disability, a Social Worker or Family Resource Worker may be assigned to your family for support and counseling prior to, during and following the diagnosis of a physical disability. Social Work Services may guide you to other services and resources in the community. If your child has a developmental disability, a case manager from your community (Developmental Services of Leeds Grenville or Lanark Community Programs) may be involved to identify resources and guide you through the process.
What funding/resources may be available to support my child’s needs?
There are many programs and services available for you and your child. OCTC Social Work Services and/or a case manager assigned to you will inform you of the services you may apply to. For example,
- The Ministry of Community and Social Services (MCSS) and the Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS) have programs that provide funding to families to cover the expenses you may have for your child with special needs. Some of these programs are income-based. For further information, please see www.children.gov.on.ca/special needs
- Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities (ACSD)
- Special Services at Home (SSAH) and Enhanced Respite
- The Canada Revenue Agency offers a Disability Tax Credit and Child Disability Benefit. For further information, please see www.cra-arc.gc.ca.
What other services can I access?
- For speech services in Lanark and Grenville: If you child is under the age of five and has a speech delay, regardless of the diagnosis, you can contact Language Express at www.language-express.ca
- Lanark: Services are available to children at risk under the age of five with Lanark Community Programs.
- Grenville: Services are available to children with a diagnosis of a developmental delay with the Developmental Services of Leeds and Grenville. There are four offices and intake will direct you to the one closest to your home.
What are the groups my child or I can attend at OCTC?
Where will my child’s therapy be provided?
Each child will be eligible for different services based on their needs. Some children’s Occupational therapy (OT) and Physiotherapy (PT) appointments are provided at our OCTC Ottawa site while others therapies are provided at your Developmental Community Programs/Centre or the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU).
How will my child’s therapy be provided at the OCTC site(s)?
If your child has a physical disability, following the therapy assessments, your child will receive therapy in a format that allows them to achieve their goals. It may be an individual therapy session, a group format with other children, and/or parent training. The length of the session and number of sessions will depend on your child’s needs and age and may change over time.
What respite options are available in Lanark and Grenville?
OCTC does not run respite programs in Lanark and Grenville. For further information on respite options in your area, please contact the following:
Transition from Assessment to OCTC Services
In preparation for the next transition, you can get ready by looking ahead. Here are some examples of areas you may want to research, learn about for support and information.
- Child care/preschool registration
- Investigate respite options for you and your family
- Getting familiar with community agencies
- Seeking support networks (parent support, parent education)
- Having fun with your child (play groups)
- Summer Programs