Welcome to Niagara Children’s Centre. In this section you can find an overview of Niagara Children’s Centre and our history, learn more about our Board of Directors and our Strategic Priorities.
Niagara Children’s Centre is recognized throughout the Niagara Region as the provider of rehabilitation and support services to children and youth with physical, developmental and communicative delays and disabilities. Core services include physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language services, augmentative and alternative communication, family services and therapeutic recreation.
The Centre serves children and youth (up to age 19) with a wide range of needs. This includes children with developmental disabilities and delays related to premature birth, medical syndromes, genetic disorders and autism; physical disabilities such as cerebral palsy; muscular dystrophy; spina bifida; cancer; and communication difficulties in language, articulation, fluency and voice.
Our highly trained and caring staff provide services to over 3,200 children and their families per year, from all 12 municipalities. Our family centred programs aim at helping each child achieve his or her own unique potential so that they can participate in all activities at home, school and in the community. Family members are recognized as the most influential, valuable and consistent people in a child’s life and as a result are at the center of the services we provide.
The following briefly describes some of the services offered:
· Physiotherapy, which focuses on the gross motor and functional mobility (the getting around) of the child;
· Occupational therapy, which assists children in maximizing independence in daily activities (dressing, grooming, attending school or pre-school, eating, bathing);
· Speech and language services, which helps children with speech, language, voice, swallowing and feeding difficulties;
· Augmentative and Alternative Communication, which provides custom designed systems for those children whose written and/or spoken communication ability would not otherwise fufill their needs on a daily basis;
· Family Services (Social Work), which provides support to families from when they are first aware their child has a disability, and through the process of assessment, treatment, follow-up. Social Workers also support families in obtaining and coordinating the various services their child will require.
· Recreation Therapy, which promotes and supports the participation of children with disabilities in recreational activities. Recreation Therapists assist children with developing leisure skills and knowledge, and work closely with community programs to include children with special needs.
Charitable Registration Number: 12342 8799 RR0001