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Wee Start / Getting Started Services to Interventions and Supports

Questions and answers following your child's determination of needs

What services may my child receive through OCTC based on their developmental needs?

Before entering Junior Kindergarten: Your child may receive the following services: Wee Start Services, Getting Started Services, Infant Developmental Service (IDS), Occupational Therapy (OT), Speech Language Pathology (SLP), Physiotherapy (PT), Dietitian, Behavioural Services, School Liaison Services (for children with a physical disability), Psychology, Medical Clinics (including Developmental Pediatrician and Registered Nurses), Social Work Services (Social Worker, Family Resource Worker), Blind and Low Vision Early Intervention Services, Clinic for Augmentative Communication (CAC), Seating and Mobility, Technical Services and Respite

In Junior Kindergarten: Your child may receive the following services: Speech Language Pathology (SLP), Dietitian, Behavioural Services, School Liaison Services (for children with a physical disability), Psychology, Medical Clinics (including Developmental Pediatrician and Registered Nurses), Social Work Services, Blind and Low Vision Early Intervention Services, Clinic for Augmentative Communication (CAC), Seating and Mobility, Technical Services and Respite

In Senior Kindergarten: Your child may receive the following services: Dietitian, Behaviour Services, School Liaison Services (for children with a physical Disability), Psychology, Medical Clinics (including Developmental Pediatrician and Registered Nurses), Nursing, Social Work Services, Blind and Low Vision, Clinic for Augmentative Communication (CAC), Seating and Mobility, Technical Services and Respite.

Definitions of our professional staff

Why is Social Work Services assigned to my family?

A Social Worker and / or Family Resource Worker can be assigned to your family for support and counseling prior to, during and following the receipt of a diagnosis. Social Work Services may guide you to other services and resources in the community. A case manager from another community agency may get involved to help 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 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/htdocs/English/topics/specialneeds
  • 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.

Other resources that Social Work Services may discuss include:

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. Occupational therapy (OT), Speech and Language Pathology (SLP), and Physiotherapy (PT) appointments are based on the following guidelines:

  • Your child will receive services from OCTC therapists at one of our OCTC sites
    • if your child does not attend a childcare program
    • if your child attends an unlicensed childcare program
    • if your child attends a licensed child care program less than 3 half days per week.
  • Your child will receive services from OCTC therapists at your child's community childcare program
    • if your child attends a licensed program 3 half days per week or more.

How will my child's therapy be provided at the OCTC site?

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.

If my child attends a community program, how will the therapy be provided?

A discussion will take place between you and the OCTC therapist in the Community Preschool Services (formerly Regional Preschool Therapy) as to what type of intervention will be most beneficial for your child and your family. This therapy might be in a group format, individual session, and/or consultation with the preschool staff so that they know what they can do to help your child participate in the program.

There are a number of options for therapy services when a child attends a licensed community childcare program for a minimum of 3 half days per week, with your consent, the Community Preschool therapists will go to the child care program to provide therapy services. The therapist may observe your child, engage your child in treatment activities, and leave recommendations for the educators to continue to work towards the goals you have identified between visits. Communication between you and the therapists about goals, home programming, and progress, can take place between visits. Other types of services offered could be in a group format or parent education sessions.

What OCTC respite services are available for my child?

You may also visit the Respite Services website at www.respiteservices.com

Transition from OCTC services to child care/Preschool

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