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Wee Start /Getting Started Services to Interventions / Supports

Questions and answers following your child's determination of needs

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

Before entering Junior Kindergarten: Your child may receive the following services through a collaboration between the Hawkesbury General Hospital (HGH) – Children’s Rehab Program and/or the Ottawa Children Treatment Centre (OCTC): Occupational Therapy (OT), Speech Language Pathology (SLP), Physiotherapy (PT), Clinic for Augmentative Communication (CAC), Seating and Mobility, Technical Services, Blind and Low Vision Early Intervention Services, for children with a physical disability: School Liaison Teacher and Social Work Services (Social Worker, Family Resource Worker), and only at one of the Ottawa sites: Wee Start Services, Getting Started Services, Developmental Pediatrician, Psychology, Dietitian and Medical Clinic, (including Developmental Pediatricians and Registered Nurses).

In Junior Kindergarten: Your child may receive the following services through a collaboration between the Hawkesbury General Hospital (HGH) – Children’s Rehab Program and/or Ottawa Children Treatment Centre (OCTC): Speech Language Pathology (SLP), Blind and Low Vision Early Intervention Services, Clinic for Augmentative Communication (CAC), Seating and Mobility, Technical Services, for children with a physical disability: School Liaison Teacher and Social Work Services (Social Worker, Family Resource Worker), and at one of the Ottawa sites: Developmental Pediatrician, Psychology, Dietitian and Medical Clinics, (including Developmental Pediatricians and Registered Nurses).

In Senior Kindergarten: Your child may receive the following services through a collaboration between the Hawkesbury General Hospital (HGH) – Children’s Rehab Program and/or Ottawa Children Treatment Centre (OCTC):, Blind and Low Vision Early Intervention Services, Clinic for Augmentative Communication (CAC), Seating and Mobility, Technical Services, for children with a physical disability: School Liaison Teacher and Social Work Services (Social Worker, Family Resource Worker), and at one of the Ottawa sites: Developmental Pediatrician, Psychology, Dietitian, and Medical Clinics, (including Developmental Pediatricians and Registered Nurses).

Definitions of our professional staff

Why is Social Work Services assigned to my family?

If your child has a physical disability, a Social Worker may be assigned to your family for support and counseling prior to, during and following the diagnosis. Social Work Services may guide you to other services and resources in the community. A case manager from Valoris for Children and Adults of Prescott Russell – Youth Developmental Services: www.valorispr.ca 613-673-5148, 1-800-675-6168 may also help identify resources and guide you through this 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 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
    • 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 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 are at the Hawkesbury General Hospital (HGH) – Children’s Rehab Program. Some Speech Language Pathology (SLP) appointments are provided at the Hawkesbury General Hospital (HGH) – Children’s Rehab Program and others at the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) in your community.

How will my child’s therapy be provided?

Following the therapy assessments, your child will receive therapy in a format that allows them to achieve their goals. It may be individual therapy sessions, 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 Prescott-Russell?

OCTC/HGH does not run respite programs in Prescott-Russell. For further information on respite options in your area, please contact the following

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