In order to offer the most comprehensive early intervention programming for all children, Providence employs several therapists as part of our transdiciplinary team, which includes Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Speech-Language Pathologists, Behavioural Specialists, as well as Teacher/Therapeutic Assistants.
For children with special needs, the team members help design programs to meet the child’s individual needs in addition to assessing, working directly in the classrooms, consulting to staff and monitoring the child’s progress.
Teachers are responsible for planning and implementing a quality program in the classroom, coordinating the Individual Program Plan (IPP) process, writing the IPP, monitoring your child’s program, facilitating parent involvement, and providing support to parents.
The Occupational Therapists (O.T.) are skilled in addressing child development concerns in the areas of fine motor development, readiness skills and self-care independence. This encompasses the use of arms and hands for support and manipulation; developing and using perceptual skills in play and increasing personal care and independence with the assistance of specialized equipment, if necessary.
The Physiotherapists (P.T.) are able to assess and provide ideas for treatment for children who have some difficulties with movement, posture and gross motor development, such as rolling, crawling, walking, jumping, etc. Where specialized equipment will aid the child to participate in programs or to be more independent, the P.T. is actively involved in choosing, fitting and monitoring the use of this equipment.
The Speech-Language Pathologists (S.L.P.) addresses any concerns with communication skills, which may affect a child’s social skills, relationship and/or learning. Some children may have special needs in the areas of articulation, language. Fluency (stuttering), voice, hearing impairment, and/or alternative/augmentative communication systems.
The Behavioural Specialists can ensure that programming is adapted to meet the child’s cognitive, social and emotional needs. On the basis of informal and formal assessments, the Behavioural Specialist can consult to teachers and other team members, provide treatment to individual children, and provide support and consultation to families on parenting skills and handling special concerns with their child’s behavior.
In addition to assisting Providence staff with programming, the team members are also available to parents to assist with home concerns or questions. Team members can be accessed directly or through your child’s teacher.