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Wee Start /Getting Started Services to Interventions / Supports

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 Developmental/Psychological Assessment

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

Before entering Junior Kindergarten: Your child may receive the following services at the Renfrew site: Getting Started Services, 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 at one the Ottawa sites: Medical Clinics (including Developmental Pediatricians and Registered Nurses), Psychology and Dietitian. Link to definitions

In Junior Kindergarten: Your child may receive the following services at the Renfrew site: Speech Language Pathology (SLP), Clinic for Augmentative Communication (CAC), Seating and Mobility, Technical Services, Blind and Low Vision Early Interventions 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: Medical Clinics (including Developmental Pediatricians and Registered Nurses ), Psychology and Dietitian. Link to definitions

In Senior kindergarten: Your child may receive the following services at the Renfrew site: Clinic for Augmentative Communication (CAC), Seating and Mobility, Technical Services, Blind and Low Vision Early Interventions 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: Medical Clinics (including Developmental Pediatricians and Registered Nurses), Psychology and Dietitian. Link to definitions

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. A case manager from Renfrew Family and Children Services, County of Renfrew - Developmental Services www.fcsrenfrew.on.ca 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 community 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
    • 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?

Links to list of groups and workshops.

Where will my child’s therapy be provided?

Link to Renfrew site- map and directions.

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 provided at the OCTC Renfrew site or at other satellite sites.

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

Following the therapy assessments, your child will receive their 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 Renfrew County?

OCTC does not run respite programs in Renfrew County. 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