A Psycho-Educational Assessment is typically initiated because of concerns of parents and/or the school about the child’s functioning. The goal of the assessment is to evaluate a child’s cognitive ability and academic skills. The child’s behaviors, and socio-emotional functioning are also assessed. The evaluation is used to determine if the child requires special education services, and to develop recommendations to help the child learn and function in school.

Occupational Therapists work with children with learning disabilities who are having trouble organizing themselves or completing everyday tasks. They also work with children who may have an underlying motor problem that is contributing to, or causing, their academic difficulties.

Pediatric Physiotherapists have knowledge of growth related conditions, injuries, illnesses and pediatric developmental stages and milestones. They treat children with developmental, neurological and growth related conditions.

Dysgraphia is a learning disability that affects handwriting and fine motor skills. Dysgraphia affects a child’s visual-spatial processing, fine motor skills, and language processing skills.

People with autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders have difficulty coping with unstructured activities and benefit from increased structure. Visual schedules often use images, symbols and photos to better communicate a task or activity.

Learning Disabilities affect the brain's ability to receive, process, store, respond and communicate information.Learning disabilities can affect a person's ability in the areas of: listening, speaking, reading,writing, spelling,reasoning or mathematics.

Oral Defensiveness is an aversive response to touch sensations in and around the mouth that may cause extreme sensory, emotional and behavioural responses when eating.

For children with sensory processing issues, without exposure to the input they need, they can struggle with demonstrating appropriate behavior, remaining alert, and keeping themselves organized and in control. A sensory diet is a program designed by an occupational therapist of sensory activities kids perform during the day to ensure they’re getting the input their bodies need.

Early intervention can help infants and toddlers with delays catch up in their development. If you suspect your child is not achieving his milestones talk with your pediatrician first and ask for a referral.

Children of all abilities can benefit, especially those with:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Attention Difficulties Disorders
  • Down Syndrome
  • Learning Disorders
  • Cognitive Deficits
  • Movement Disorders and Fine Motor Delay
  • Global Developmental Delay
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Picky Eating
  • Sensory Processing Disorder
  • Acquired Brain Injury

An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is a written document of the educational program designed to meet a child’s individual needs. If your child has been diagnosed with a disability and found to be needing special education services, an IEP is formulated to meet those needs. The purpose of the IEP is to address your child’s unique learning issues and it includes specific educational goals. The IEP will also document the services the school (and private therapists, if applicable) will provide, and how progress will be measured.

A disability maybe defined as a condition which may restrict a person's mental, sensory and/or mobility functions to undertake and/or perform a task in the same way as a person who does not have a disability.

Disabilities affect people in different ways, a disability is generally a conditioned caused by accident, trauma, genetics or disease, which may restrict a person's mental processes, senses or mobility.