What are Rehab Services?
Health care services that help your child improve skills and functioning for daily living.
Physiotherapy focuses on helping children and youth develop and optimize their large motor control muscles and abilities, including muscle strength and range.
Mobility activities may include rolling, crawling, standing, walking.
Occupational Therapy focuses on helping children and youth develop and optimize their fine motor skills and participation in daily living activities. These activities may include grasping, feeding, dressing, grooming or play skills.
Speech and Language Therapy
Speech and Language Therapy focuses on helping infants and children improve their communication abilities. Communication includes understanding and using language, making speech sounds, and producing fluent speech.
Supports & Services
Family Service Coordinators, Social Workers and Child/Youth Workers are available through Lansdowne Children's Centre to support your family including coping with the impact of illness, disability, and the complex developmental and health needs of your child/youth with special needs.
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What is Physiotherapy at Lansdowne?
Physiotherapists at Lansdowne Children’s Centre provide assessment and treatment for infants, children and youth up to age 19, with difficulties in muscle strength, joint range of motion, quality of movement, tone and gross motor development. Treatment includes teaching strategies to the family, caregivers and clients to improve function. Physiotherapy also provides support in accessing mobility equipment such as wheelchairs and walkers.
What are examples of challenges addressed with physiotherapy?
Muscle strength and range
Muscle tone (ie. ability to relax a muscle)
Quality of movement
Gross motor skills (ex. rolling, crawling, walking, waving)
Access to mobility equipment
Who is eligible for Physiotherapy?
Children living in Brantford, Brant County, Haldimand County, Norfolk County, Six Nations of the Grand River and Mississaugas of the Credit First Nations, are eligible for Community Based Rehab Services (CBRS) from birth through to their 19th birthday.
Lansdowne physiotherapy services may be provided at our main location in Brantford (Brant County), and/or at sites located in Simcoe (Norfolk County), Caledonia and Dunnville (Haldimand County).
What can I expect?
Once a referral to Community Based (CBRS) Physiotherapy Services has been completed, your child will be placed on an Assessment Waitlist. Our team will contact you to book your appointment when your turn comes. You and your child will meet with a Physiotherapist (PT) at a Lansdowne site, where general information sharing and informal and standardized testing of skills will occur. These tests help to determine your child’s abilities and needs in areas relevant to physiotherapy. Once the assessment is completed your PT will meet with you and your child to review findings, develop goals with you and will determine the best plan of intervention for your child, following our care pathways.
For further information about Physiotherapy at Lansdowne Children's Centre, or to initiate a referral, please contact our Intake Team at 519-753-3153 ext. 507 or complete the online referral form.
What is Occupational Therapy at Lansdowne?
Occupational Therapists (OT) at Lansdowne Children's Centre work with children and their families to help improve skills and participation in daily activities. OT focuses on fine motor skills, typically thought of as the use of hands and upper extremities. Fine motor skills include activities such as reaching, grasping and manipulating objects with your hands, and can also involve vision, specifically visual motor skills, often referred to as hand-eye coordination.
What are examples of challenges addressed with Occupational Therapy?
Feeding (using a fork or spoon or cup)
self-care (getting dressed, brushing hair, brushing teeth)
playing (gripping toys, stacking blocks)
printing and drawing (using a pencil or crayon)
cutting with scissors (using tools effectively)
emotional regulation (getting calm, alert, and ready to learn, play and/or interact with others)
Who is eligible for Occupational Therapy?
Children living in Brantford, Brant County, Haldimand County, Norfolk County, Six Nations of the Grand River and Mississaugas of the Credit First Nations, are eligible for Community Based Rehabilitation Services (CBRS) from birth through to their 19th birthday. Services are provided at our main location in Brantford (Brant County), and/or in Simcoe (Norfolk County), Caledonia, and Dunnville (Haldimand County).
Thinking about an OT referral?
This decision table breaks down common referral requests and helps advise if your case is a good fit for Home and Community Care Support Services (HCCSS) or School-Based Rehabilitation Services (SBRS).
We can help you with your questions and to find services.
Call 519.753.3153 ext 507.
What can I expect?
Once a referral to Community Based (CBRS) Occupational Therapy Services has been completed, your child will be placed on an Assessment Waitlist. Our team will contact you to book your appointment when your turn comes. Your initial phone call conversation often includes questions that help to provide your occupational therapist with important information, to help gain understanding of your child’s strengths and interests as well as areas of need.
Your first appointment may be a face-to-face assessment or a parent/caregiver interview. A follow-up appointment may be provided for observation in a natural setting, such as your child's home, school or daycare. The type of assessment will depend on your unique concerns, the reason for the referral, and by where your child fits best within our care pathways.
Your occupational therapist will review findings with you, develop goals with you and will help to determine the best plan of intervention and assistance. Your service plan may include parent education sessions, group programming and/or “individual sessions” that are more focused to target your child’s specific goals.
For further information about the Occupational Therapy at Lansdowne Children's Centre, or to initiate a referral, please contact our Intake Team at 519-753-3153 ext. 507 or complete the online referral form.
What is a HITs Team?
Holistic Integrated Teams (HITs) involve multiple service providers that may be involved in your child’s care at Lansdowne, who will deliver family-centered service using a coordinated team approach.
Holistic Integrated Teams are lined up with geographic divisions in Brantford and Brant County, with dedicated staff trained to work together to serve that area’s families. Our staff also work within a ‘team’ model in partnership with services in Haldimand and Norfolk counties (HN-Teams).
Who is eligible for Holistic Integrated Teams?
For a child to be eligible for Lansdowne HITs services, they must:
Benefit from a team approach
Be actively involved with at least 2 of the following services:
Occupational Therapy (OT)
Speech & Language Pathology (SLP)
Be referred prior to the start of the calendar year they will be attending school.
What can I expect from HITs service?
A joint assessment is completed by your child’s service providers in a play-based manner, limiting the number of individual assessments needed (further individual assessments can be completed if it is felt relevant by the family or team).
Based off the play-based assessment findings, the team will collaborate with you to create and prioritize goals across all areas of need for your child and family; recommend strategies and a treatment plan based on your child/family interests; and connect you to appropriate community resources.
Having a single plan of care including team-based treatment options can allow quicker access to services and provide a more coordinated (holistic) and efficient approach to individual child & family needs and strengths.
Examples of how we achieve holistic and coordinated care include (but are not limited to):
Joint sessions with more than one service provider
Trans-disciplinary care – a service provider will address multiple goal areas in their sessions, with guidance from the other disciplines involved
Organizing case conferences with the family, Lansdowne team members, and external service providers when needed