What is Specialized Services?
We offer Specialized Services funded through programs such as Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD). Our team specializes in building communication skills, social skills, self-help, motor development skills, and understanding challenging behaviours. We believe in collaboration and breaking down silos, so our multidisciplinary connects with you and your natural supports to develop a holistic approach. Our team consists of speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, child development coaches, physiotherapists, registered psychologists, and family support coaches.
We also strongly believe in utilizing technology in our programs. We provide consultations via Teleroo® and often ask families to take videos of strategies they are practicing. This gives us more opportunities for coaching and to learn more about your daily routines. Teleroo®ƒt are incorporated into every program while adhering to legislative requirements and the Colleges' standards of practice for privacy and security.
What to expect
1. Our team works with you to identify your family priorities
Our family-centred approach means we believe in everyone’s potential and we want to elevate your voice in our services. We also believe in working to your family’s strengths and following your lead especially when defining your family priorities. Here are some examples of common areas of focus for families:
- language comprehension, expression, and interaction with others
- identifying proactive strategies to decrease challenging behaviours
- developing tools to support children to regulate throughout the day
- learning about how to build independence in self-care routines
- establishing community connections (e.g., finding respite, working with school teams)
2. We develop a plan together
Once we have taken the time to get to know each other, our team develops an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) with you. This is a fluid document that is driven by parent priorities. The purpose of the IFSP is to guide our journey together by highlighting family strengths, areas of growth, progress, and practical strategies for your everyday routines. Throughout programming our team provides coaching to caregivers to support you in meeting those goals.
3. We review progress and adapt plans as needed
We have meetings to check in with families and to make changes to the IFSP at every quarter of the year. During the time, we update goals and revise strategies as needed. Our meetings are aimed to create an open and honest space for families and to make sure we are all on the same path.
4. We celebrate with you!
Our team strongly believes in celebrating big and small successes along the way. We love when families share successes with us so we can all celebrate together throughout your journey with KU.
Frequently Asked Questions
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