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Wee Start /Getting Started Services to Interventions / Supports

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 Cornwall site: Getting Started Services, Occupational Therapy (OT), Speech Language Pathology (SLP), Physiotherapy (PT), Dietitian, School Liaison Teacher for children with physical disability, Clinic for Augmentative Communication (CAC), Seating and Mobility, Technical Services, Blind and Low Vision Early Intervention Services, Social Work Services (Social Worker, Family Resource Worker), and at the Ottawa site: Psychology, Medical Clinics (including Developmental Pediatricians and Registered Nurses): link to definitions.

In Junior Kindergarten: Your child may receive the following services at the Cornwall site: Speech Language Pathology (SLP), Dietitian, Social Work Services, Blind and Low Vision, Clinic for Augmentative Communication (CAC), Seating and Mobility, Technical Services, School Liaison Teacher (for children with physical disability) and at the Ottawa site: Psychology and Medical Clinics (including Developmental Pediatrician and Registered Nurses): link to definitions.

In Senior Kindergarten: Your child may receive the following services at the Cornwall site: Social Work Services, Dietitian, Blind and Low Vision, Clinic for Augmentative Communication (CAC), Seating and Mobility, Technical Services, School Liaison Teacher (for children with physical Disability) and at the Ottawa site: Psychology and Medical Clinics (including Developmental Pediatricians and Registered Nurses): link to definitions.

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 SD&G Developmental Services may be involved to help you 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 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?

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 provided at the Cornwall OCTC Cornwall site.

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 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 SD&G?

OCTC does not run respite programs in SD&G. Please contact SD&G - Developmental Services for further information on respite options in your area www.developmentalservices.ca. 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