Our Programs

Shuswap Children's Association Programs

We are a non-profit agency providing free services to children with developmental delays, behavioral concerns and special needs.

 

We offer the following programs;

Family Support Worker

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Helpful for families in difficult situations and provides extra emotional and informational support.

  • Helps with organization of child services
  • Grief and loss support
  • Set up weekly scheduling — structural planning & goal creation

 

Autism Services

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  • For fee program for children 0-6 yrs old with an ASD diagnosis
  • We take care of the paperwork, the fee is paid through the child’s autism funding

 

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Key Worker

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Helps families understand FASD by offering education and information for the needs of the child and family.  We are familiar with community resources and will help families get support, health and education services.  We can also help in getting an assessment of FASD and other complex behaviour disorders.

 

Infant Development Program

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Supports families and their infants from birth to 3 years old who have a developmental delay, are at risk for a delay, or have an identified special need.  Home based visits.

Provides

  • Developmental screening that helps look at what your child’s next goals should be
  • Support for parents
  • Infant massage classes

 

The Loft, for ages 5-18,refer by MCFD

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Offers after-school, summer and spring break programs, and 1-to-1 individual support for children with special needs.

Encourages friendship in a fun place, while giving families short breaks from the day-to-day care of their children.

 

Occupational/Physiotherapy

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Support for families through home and centre visits, goal setting plans, and practical advice to help children.

Occupational Therapy
Improves child’s skills in the following areas:

  • Learning
  • Self-care
  • Thinking
  • Visual interpretation
  • Social interactions
  • Sensory

 

Physiotherapy
Improves the child’s skills in the following areas:

  • Physical development
  • Movement
  • Balance
  • Coordination
  • Strength

 

Respite Care, refer by MCFD

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Child care for families of children 0-19 yrs old who have specific developmental delays.

  • Short term child care
  • Screened child care staff
  • Training and support to caregivers

 

Child Care Resource & Referral

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Offering Caregivers

  • Listing on database for referrals
  • Drop in groups, workshops and training
  • Toy and equipment lending library
  • Supportive visits, networking with others

 

Offering Parents

  • Child care information and referrals
  • Subsidy; help filling out and faxing
  • Toy lending library and workshops

 

Supported Child Development

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Supports children with behaviour issues, developmental delays or special needs in community daycares and preschools.

  • Helps families identify child care needs
  • Aids with plans to meet child’s needs in the child care setting
  • Training and support to caregivers
  • Hires assistants for children requiring support in a child care setting

 

Little Caboose Playgroup (ages 0 –3)

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  • Free family drop-in playgroup for preschoolers and their parents
  • Friendly, welcoming, trained facilitator
  • Music, books, toys, circle time, snacks
  • Parent information and social time