Service Description* supports families who are raising a child (or children) with developmental or physical disabilities, to meet the additional needs they may have.
* offers a variety of resources and supports to parents to assist them to care for their children at home in their own communities, where children grow and thrive.
* offers a range of services and supports. Many can be provided at home, in a child care centre, at school or at another site chosen by the therapist or a CDS worker. The amount of service a family receives depends on eligibility, assessed need and the program resources available.
* offers therapy. Children who need therapy services will be referred to their regional central intake for the Outreach Therapy for Children (OTC) program or the Children's Therapy Initiative (CTI). Therapies that may be available include occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech and language therapy and audiology. For more information please visit www.sscy.ca/childrens-therapy-initiative.
* offers Child Development Services for Preschool Children. Child development staff work with parents to identify their child's strengths and goals. Staff teach parents and caregivers ways to help the child develop and learn new skills.
* offers Autism Services. Autism Outreach: This program teaches parents and caregivers autism intervention methods that are personalized and flexible. Autism specialists work closely with child-development staff to deliver the service.
* offers Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA): Programming based on the principles of ABA is available for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Programs are personalized and use behavioural strategies to teach skills across a number of areas.
* offers Behavioural Services. Behavioural specialists may assess a child's challenging behaviours, and, together with the family, develop a plan that addresses the child's needs.
* offers Summer Skills Programming. CDS can help school-age children maintain their skills during the summer months. This is done by providing supports children need to access programs and activities that promote what they have learned during the school year.
* offers After-school Care for Adolescents for adolescents who can no longer access child care, but still need to be looked after and supervised outside school hours, while their parents are at work.
* offers Supplies, Equipment and Home/Vehicle Modifications. CDS may provide funding for certain supplies, equipment and home or van modifications at a basic level. These supports are provided through the Disability and Health Supports Unit. For more information on what's available, visit www.manitoba.ca/fs/dhsu.
* offers Transportation. Families may receive financial support to cover the costs of transportation to and from their child's medical appointments and other specialized services. This support is mainly provided to families in rural and northern Manitoba.
What are the limits to these services?
CDS recognizes that each family's circumstances are different, and assesses the needs of each family individually. The amount of service a family receives depends on eligibility, assessed need and the program resources available.