Speech and Language Therapy Services
On site speech and language assessment, therapy/intervention, and consulting services are provided by our Registered Speech & Language Pathologists (SLPs). Intervention may focus on helping one begin to speak, speak more clearly, better express themselves, understand others, and also literacy development and learning. Treatment is provided through various methods including: direct and indirect therapy, classroom programming, adult (parent/teacher/Educational Assistant) training, in-services, etc. SLPs work with the family, school, Head Start Program, and/or health centre staff to determine the best approach to address the communication needs of their children.
Occupational Therapy Services
On site occupational therapy services focus on helping people with physical, sensory, or cognitive challenges or disabilities. Assessment, therapy/intervention, and consultation to help promote activities of daily living, sensory processing, and fine motor skills is provided by our Registered Occupational Therapists (OTs). Intervention occurs through various methods including: direct and indirect therapy, classroom programming, adult (parent/teacher/Educational Assistant) training, in-services, etc. OTs work with the families, school, Head Start Program, and/or health centre staff to determine the best approach to address fine motor, sensory, and/or regulatory needs of their children.
Psychology and Mental Health Services
Psychology Individual & Group Therapy
Therapy groups are offered by our Registered Psychologist through strategies such as Theraplay.
A questionnaire may be sent out to parents/caregivers/teachers to get feedback about what the children’s needs are, and then groups can be designed. A few different groups can take place over the course of 1 day, depending on age, number of kids, and available time blocks. Some group topic ideas include but are not limited to:
- body image
- social skills
Mental Health Therapy
Mental Health Therapy Services are provided by our experienced Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN). In person sessions can be scheduled for the following:
- Individual and group therapy for all ages
- Individual therapy for mood disorders, anxiety disorders, personality and adjustment disorders, addictions, and dual diagnoses
- Comprehensive mental health assessments
- Holistic lifestyle support (assessing and teaching in areas of nutrition, exercise, stress, relaxation, etc.)
- Collaborative support for parents, families, and teachers
- Community presentations on a variety of topics (i.e.: mental health promotion, drug prevention strategies, suicide prevention, smoking cessation, parental support, etc.)
- Medication teaching and assessments
Our RPN is also open to customizing services based on community needs.
On site physiotherapy including assessment, therapy/intervention, and consultation for children with developmental, neurological, and growth-related conditions is provided by our Registered Physiotherapists (PTs). Intervention aims to help young people who have difficulty with movement and to treat short- and long-term conditions that impact their ongoing physical development and ability to participate in everyday activities (playing, learning, and socializing). Support is also provided to families and caregivers. Intervention is offered through various methods including: direct and indirect therapy, classroom programming, adult (parent/teacher/Educational Assistant) training, in-services, etc. PTs work with the families, school, Head Start Program, and/or health centre staff to determine the best approach to address the gross motor needs of their children.
Nutrition Therapy Services*
A Registered Dietitian provides nutrition care throughout the life cycle – from prenatal care, infants, toddlers, youth, adults, families and elders. Food and nutrition are presented from a family centered perspective, and respectful of culture and traditions. A Registered Dietitian can provide assessments, interventions and treatments for all nutrition related needs.
- Individual and Family Nutrition Assessments and Counselling- Healthy Living, Diabetes, Heart Disease, Picky Eating
- Pre-Natal and Post-Natal Care- Individual Counselling, Group Sessions, Gestational Diabetes Care, Baby Food Making, Breastfeeding and Infant Feeding Support
- Programs for Children and Youth- School Nutrition Classes, Head Start Programs, Individual or Group Assessments and Interventions
- Menu Planning- for Schools, Daycares, Head Start, Elder’s Lodges and Healing Centres
- Cooking Workshops- Family Kitchen, Kids in the Kitchen, Baby-Food Making, Parents and Tots, Relapse Prevention, Eating Well on a Budget
- Gardening Workshops- Community and Individual Gardens, Companion Planting, Harvesting and Cooking
*Please note all services will be delivered in accordance with current health and safety precautions for COVID-19. All group sessions will be modified for safety of presenter and attendees.*
On site hearing screenings are provided by trained Registered Speech-Language Pathologists. Typically, children who do not pass the first screen are seen again after approximately 3 – 4 weeks to rule out temporary factors (such as ear infections or colds) as affecting the outcome. When a child does not pass a second screening, a referral is made for a full audiological assessment.
Mediation and Restorative Practices
Our Qualified Mediator and Restorative Practices Facilitator works with youth to strengthen communication, conflict resolution skills, and assist in the development of skills leading to accountability, increased confidence, and effective and positive conflict management.
The Restorative Practices for Classrooms (Groups) is an approach designed to encourage introspective thought, growth and life-long skill development. Through guided conversations and the development of tools, participants will be encouraged to share their stories. They will be empowered to brainstorm solutions, measure them for fairness, do-ability, challenges and success; and create an environment of responsibility and accountability. The class/group will work together to develop a collaborative agreement that will be displayed as a tool to remind participants of their hard work and new skills.
In addition to the Restorative Practices for Classrooms program, supporting workshops for communication, conflict resolution, and growth skills; either as skill development or continuity of student skill development are also available to Teaching Staff/ School Administration/Parents and Caregivers/Parent Council/ Lunch Supervisors.
Additional services available:
- Communication and Conflict Resolution Workshop Facilitation
- Conflict Coaching
- Interest-Based Mediation
- Restorative Practices including: Community Conferencing, Victim-Offender Conferencing, and Family Group Conferencing
Mental Health First Aid
Mental health problems will affect one in three Canadians at some point in their life. Chances are you know someone who needs help. Your actions may determine how quickly a colleague, friend or person with a mental health problem gets help and/or recovers.
This 12-hour training course teaches individuals how to identify the signs and provide initial help to anyone facing mental health problems or crises. Topics include defining mental health, symptoms of common mental health problems, a step-by-step model on providing mental health first aid, information about effective interventions and treatments, and how to access professional help in your area. Mental health problems covered include depression and other mood disorders, anxiety disorders, disorders associated with psychosis, and substance-related disorders. Courses are taught by certified MHFA Canada Instructors with extensive experience in mental health.
See more info under workshops for groups.
Trauma and Suicide Intervention and Prevention Counsellor
Our Registered Therapeutic Counsellor specializes in trauma, suicide and grief counselling. Unresolved trauma often causes intolerable anxiety and thought patterns. Our Counsellor works with older teens and adults to gain the knowledge and tools to be more at home in their own bodies as a prerequisite for the processing and healing of past trauma and grief. She sees this work as a foundational step which frees up inner emotional resources, allowing them to make positive life changes with her continuing support.
This experienced specialist values long term relationships, and will commit to regular, ongoing sessions until such time as the individual feels ready to step out on their own. Traditional and non-traditional psycho-therapeutic methods are used, including guided journeys, grounding through the elements, therapeutic art and energetic modalities to foster the healing of soul pain and fractured relationships. She brings a holistic perspective to her client relationships, honouring and working with all aspects of their being, the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.