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Referral to Wee Start / Getting Started Services

Your child may receive the services described in this document as determined by your child’s diagnosis and needs.

Questions and answers following your child’s referral to the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre (OCTC)

What are the services that will be offered to my child once I’m referred to the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre?

Once you have been referred to OCTC and all intake documentation has been received, your child will be referred to our Wee Start or Getting Started Services.

What is the Wee Start Services?

The Wee Start Services is a service for children up to 21 months. During the visits, the parents have the opportunity to discuss your child's development as well as to learn strategies and activities to build your child's skills with the support of various professionals from OCTC.

What is the Getting Started Services?

The Getting Started Services is a service that is offered to families of children from 22 months up to 6 years of age. These services gives parents the opportunity to discuss your child's developmental needs, as well as to learn strategies and play activities to build their child's skills with the support of various professionals from OCTC.

Where are the Wee Start / Getting Started Services?

Wee Start Services: is currently offered only at our main site in Ottawa, at 395 Smyth Rd.

Getting Started Services:

  • For Ottawa residents, the Getting Started Services are offered at our main site in Ottawa, at 395 Smyth Rd.
  • For Prescott Russell residents, the Getting Started Services are offered in collaboration with Valoris and the Children's Rehabilitation program at the Hawkesbury General Hospital (HGH) at a Rockland site, at 860 Carron St.
  • For Kanata, Lanark, Leeds and Grenville residents, the Getting Started Services are offered at our Kanata site, at 2 MacNeil Court.
  • For Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry residents, the Getting Started Services are offered in collaboration with the SD&G Developmental Services at our Cornwall site, at 600 Campbell St.
  • For Renfrew residents, the Getting Started Services are offered in collaboration with Renfrew Developmental Services at our Renfrew site, at 499 Raglan St. N.

Who will my child see during the Wee Start Services visit?

At the Wee Start clinic, the parent(s) and child are scheduled to meet with one or more of the following professionals: an Early Childhood Consultant, a Physiotherapist, a Speech-Language Pathologist and an Occupational Therapist.

Who will my child see during the Getting Started Services visit?

At the Getting Started Services, the parent(s) and child are scheduled to meet with one or more of the following professionals: an Early Childhood Consultant, a Speech-Language Pathologist, an Occupational Therapist and a Social Worker.

What will these clinics provide my child/family?

The clinicians involved will be screening your child's developmental needs and they will provide recommendations to enhance your child's skills. The visits at Getting Started Services and Wee Start Services do not include any formal assessment.

What is the process after the Wee Start / Getting Started Services?

Following the initial visit, families may be invited to participate in further consultation sessions / groups or training. If needed, a visit with a Behaviour Consultant and/or a Dietician may be offered. Families will also be referred to other services based on your child's needs.

Transition from Wee Start Services / Getting Started Services to interventions and support 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.

  • Getting familiar with community agencies
  • Seeking support networks (parent support, parent education)
  • Having fun with your child (play groups)
  • Child care/preschool registration
  • Investigate respite options for you and your family