services overview

Child-Centered, Family-Focused

The Child Development Centre provides a broad range of services at no cost to families.  These services are made possible by  funding from the Ministry of Child and Family Development, generous support from sponsors and donors, and countless contributions from a network of community partners.  Our team collaborates with external agencies and care providers to find effective, comprehensive service plans for every individual child.  In addition, we encourage and support the participation of families — an integral part of the child’s development. 


Request for Service Form

Parents and guardians can request service directly, or they can consent to have someone else refer the child on their behalf. Completed forms can be mailed, emailed, faxed or dropped off at the centre. Please call or visit the CDC if you need help with the referral process.

services and programs

Therapy Programming

Most of these services are funded by the Ministry of Children and Family Development, and are provided at no cost to families. Services are broken into the following two program areas:

Early Intervention Therapy (for children from birth to school entry). This includes most of our therapy programming.

School Age Therapy. We provide physiotherapy and occupational therapy services for children with medical equipment needs funded through the at-home program. There is no cost to access these services as they are funded by the Province. OT services for other school age children are available for a fee. 

The CDC also provides intensive therapy blocks for eligible children under the At Home Program when the Centre has available staffing.

Outreach teams from Sunnyhill Health Centre also provide services at the Centre.

Physiotherapy (PT)
The primary goal of physiotherapy is to assess and help to improve a child’s development of movement and posture.
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Speech-Language Pathology (SLP)
Speech-language therapy services are designed to assist in the development of children’s verbal and non-verbal communication skills.
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Occupational Therapy (OT)
The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in occupations and activities that give meaning and purpose to their lives.
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Supported Child Development

The Supported Child Development Program offers a variety of services to enable community child care programs to include all children, regardless of abilities.

Supported Child Development (SCD)
A community-based program that assists families of children with extra support needs access inclusive child care that meets those needs.
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Family Services

Family Services facilitates a number of groups throughout the year. Upcoming sessions are posted to our training/events calendar.

Second Step
Second Step is a program for preschool-aged children that focuses on social-emotional skills.
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Sibling Group
A seven-hour workshop to help children understand what having a brother or sister with special needs means to their family.
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Behavioural Emotional Social Teaching is an 8 week program designed to meet the needs of children with challenges in behaviour, social or emotional skills.
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Active Parenting for Step Families Workshop
Step parents face a whole new set of challenges as well as all of the old ones.
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1,2,3,4 Parents!
Is parenting your child tougher than you thought it would be? This 3 session workshop can help.
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Family Resource Coordinator
Our Family Resource Coordinator works closely with CDC program staff, external agencies, and parents, providing assistance in a variety of ways.
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Specialized Programming

We offer the following specialized programs to augment regular therapy services.

Early Intervention Pool Program
Our physiotherapists meet children and their caregivers for weekly sessions at the pool, promoting community involvement and alternative physiotherapy approaches.
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School Adaptive Aquatics Program
School aged children receiving physiotherapy treatment at the CDC can participate in this weekly pool program.
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Specialized Therapy Groups
Specialized groups develop children's communication and fine/gross motor skills to help them participate in everyday activities and prepare them for kindergarten.
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Positioning and Mobility Clinics
The positioning and mobility service identifies specialized medical equipment to help your child with their everyday activities.
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Equipment Loan
Equipment loan allows families to utilize equipment that is often only required for a short period of time, without incurring the related costs.
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Assistive Technology
Assistive technology allows individuals who have physical or cognitive challenges to independently control objects and the environment.
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