Early Intervention

Physio Therapy (PT)

Many people have heard of physiotherapy, but not at a Child Development Centre. As a pediatric physiotherapist I am interested in your child's physical abilities such as rolling, crawling, sitting, walking, climbing and jumping. Referrals come from parents, public health nurses and doctors.

What does physiotherapy for children look like? First, I will discuss your concerns about your child's physical abilities, observe how your child moves, determine what they can do and figure out why some activities are difficult. I may also assess how your child's muscles feel (muscle tone), your child's balance (postural reaction), coordination, motor skills as well as function.

A Physiotherapy plan may include but is not limited to:

  • Assessment and individual therapy
  • Teaching you ways to position and handle your child to help develop muscle control and improve movement.
  • Teaching you and your child activities to encourage independent movement.
  • Determining the need for specialized equipment including seating, walkers, standing frames as well as adapted recreation equipment.
  • Assisting your child to participate fully in family and community life.

My goal is to help children develop their movement skills to the best of their abilities and to have fun doing so!

Carolyn Watt

CanChild

https://www.canchild.ca/

BC Physio

https://bcphysio.org/

BC Children’s Hospital Library of Resources

https://libraries.phsa.ca/fsrc

Occupational Therapy (OT)

I work with children who are having difficulty doing the “occupations” that they need to do. Children’s number one occupation is play. Other important occupations for young children include self-care activities like sleeping, eating, dressing, brushing teeth etc.

I asses a child’s skills, their environment and the occupations they find hard to do. My goal is to help to figure out how to improve the child’s participation in meaningful occupations. I may:

  • give activity ideas to promote the child’s skill development
  • suggest different ways for the child and his or her parents and teachers to do occupations
  • help parents, preschool teachers and daycare providers to change the environment to promote the child’s success. (When I say change the environment, I mean change adults’ expectations and/or make physical changes.) Please phone – 250-632-3144 local 207 - or e-mail - tyoung@kitimatcdc.ca– Tara, if you have any questions about occupational therapy for children.

Executive function – If your therapist has talked about executive function, this website may be useful to you.

https://www.landmarkoutreach.org/strategies/technology-support-executive-function/

I-Pad apps – This website talks about I-Pad apps that occupational therapists may use or recommend. I used it to help me to find some cause and effect I-Pad apps for a child.

https://otswithapps.com/

Canada Revenue information regarding claiming medical expenses – If you have had expenses related to your child’s medical or developmental condition, this website may be helpful.

http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/tchncl/ncmtx/fls/s1/f1/s1-f1-c1-eng.html#N10D64

Information to help you help your children after parental separation or divorce

http://bc.familieschange.ca/en

  • Understanding what is being said to you (receptive language)
  • Being able to express yourself (expressive language)
  • Develop and help others to learn alternative ways to communicate e.g., pictures (alternative and augmentative communication)
  • Being able to interact with your peers (social communication/pragmatics)
  • Being able to pronounce your sounds and speak clearly (articulation)
  • Support and work with people who have stuttering
  • Support and work with people who have problems with their voice
  • Assess and support those people who have troubles eating and swallowing their food/drink

How do I know when I need to seek help from an SLP?

Our Speech-Language Pathologist, recommends Preschool Talk Box from Alberta (http://humanservices.alberta.ca/family-community/talk-box-preschool.html), where you can select your child’s age and it will provide you with the speech and language milestones, as well as some great ideas/activities to do with your child. You can also review the “Talking and Listening”, as well as, the “Speech Sounds” handouts, for a full overview of all ages.

I have concerns about my child’s speech and language development. Now what do I do? No problem! Simply contact us here at the centre, we will create a referral to the SLP program and Amie will contact you when an appointment time can be provided. Once you meet, Amie will learn more about your child, your family and your concerns.

If you feel like you need to speak to an SLP, or for more information, please contact Lori Ferriera at 250 632-3144 ext 208

Speech Language Pathology

Speech-Language Pathology (SLP), is the study of all things communication and swallowing. What does that mean? That we work closely with families and other professionals to help people with the following:

Family Support Worker

Family Resource Program - Supports families of children age 0-6 years with information, screening, parenting assistance, advocacy, and coordination of services

Lori Ferreira

Family Support Services Coordinator/Supported Child Development Consultant

None at this time

Zero to Three

https://www.zerotothree.org/

Infant Mental Health Resources

http://imhpromotion.ca/resources.aspx

Downloadable Parenting Resources

http://parentsmatter.ca/