On this page you will find a variety of tools to assist you in dealing with a new diagnosis, speech and language development and more. Below is a listing and descriptor of these specialized tools. Please click on them to find one that is most helpful to you.
Dealing with a New Diagnosis
Explores some of the common feelings caregivers may face when dealing with a loved one’s new diagnosis and steps they can take to help alleviate some of the stressors and help their loved one.
Talk Box Tool for Families
The Talk Box. The Talk Box was put together by speech-language pathologists to share ideas about creating language-rich environments for preschool and school-age children. Children learn language everyday. Parents play an important role in their child’s speech and language development. The Talk Box shares ideas and activities for creating language-rich environments. It has everyday tips, information about what to expect in speech and language development, when to get help, and where to get help. This information is shared in newsletters, activity sheets, and information sheets that parents and professionals can reproduce from the website.
Kids in the House-Special Needs
Kids in the House is an educational website about parenting. The goal is to help parents and caregivers become better at parenting by inspiring, educating and entertaining. The 8,000 videos on this website feature interviews with the top experts in parenting, including physicians, psychologists, researchers, educators and best-selling authors, as well as leaders of national organizations. The videos also feature parents who have dealt with particular issues and can share their hard-earned wisdom. This section will answer tough questions about special needs including Autism, Asperger Syndrome, ADD/ADHD, gifted children, post-traumatic stress, physical differences, and more. The doctors, therapists and parents of special needs children will guide you through the essentials of how to raise a differently-abled child.
Connections is a guide to transition planning for parents of children with a developmental disability.
CanChild- The KIT: Keeping it Together-Youth Kit
The KIT: Keeping it Together™ is an organizational tool developed by CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research, and the Hamilton Family Network. It is a way to organize information, and to assist parents, and youth when interacting with different service systems, for example health, education, and recreation.
Cerebral Palsy Guide
Cerebral Palsy Guide provides free educational materials, financial options and emotional support for those affected by cerebral palsy.
Autism Speaks Manual and Tool Kit
This is a listing of resources and tools to help support families who have children who are on the Autism Spectrum.
Understood for Learning & Attention Issues Parent Tool Kit
15 organizations have joined forces to support parents of children wiht learning and attention issues. The support is in the form of technology, personalized resources, free daily access to experts, a secure online community, practical tips and more.
Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Programs
The Infant Hearing Program is not universal across Canada. The attached document shows the report card on early hearing detection across Canada. For more information you can go to this