Infant Development Program

What is the Infant Development Program (IDP)?

If you are concerned or have questions about your child’s development, the Infant Development Program (IDP) can help.

IDP serves families of children from birth to three years old who are at risk, or already have a delay, or have a diagnosed disability.

Why work with children who are so little?

Skills children learn between the ages 0 to 3 are the building blocks for their later development and school readiness.

Does our Doctor have to send us to IDP?

No, parents can contact the IDP directly. With your permission, referrals can also come from public health nurses, social workers, doctors.

To download a REFERRAL form click here – Referral Form 2016.  

You can also phone the IDP Consultant with any questions at 250-833-0164 ext 3.

What areas of development can we help you with? 

  • Eating
  • Talking
  • Playing
  • Crawling
  • Toilet Training
  • Behaviour
  • Sleeping
  • Walking
  • Sitting
How much does it cost?

This service is FREE to families in the Shuswap area which includes; Malakwa, Sicamous, Mara, Grindrod, Enderby, Salmon Arm, Canoe, Silver Creek, Sorrento, Eagle Bay, Blind Bay and the North Shuswap.

Who works with my child and me?

An trained IDP Consultant will visit you in your home, or at our office, at a time that suits both you and your baby.

How will the IDP Consultant work with us?  

The IDP Consultant may help you in a variety of ways, such as:

  • assessing your child’s development to see how he/she is doing  
  • suggesting new play activities for your child
  • directing you to Mom & Tot playgroups
  • connecting you with other parents
  • lending you special toys, equipment and books
  • bringing you up-to-date information about specific disabilities
  • providing information about other services or resources
  • helping you and your child in the transition between programs
  • inviting you to groups like Infant Massage or Mother Goose Toddler Talk 

Heads Up! – Positioning and Play

Please Note:

The above pamphlet was made for parents/guardians of children in the Shuswap region to view/print.

If you would like electronic copies of the above pamphlet to give out to clients, please call 250-833-0164 ext.0 or email

Infant Massage Pamphlet

Penny Ogasawara and Tammy Corston have completed Infant Massage training to become certified with the International Association of Infant Massage.

Please call them at 250-833-0164 ext. 3 or email

Baby Goose

Four short sessions of learning songs or rhymes that you and your baby can enjoy together.  There is no cost for this fun program.

Please call them at 250-833-0164 ext. 3 or email

Mother Goose Toddler Talk – By Referral Only


Call: 250-833-0164 ext. 3  


Fax: 250-833-0167 Mail: PO Box 2579, Salmon Arm, BC V1E 4R5

Office: 240 Shuswap Street NE, Salmon Arm, BC

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