KidsFirst Clinic

KidsFirst Clinic

Our clinic-based Pediatric Therapy programs are available in a variety of disciplines to help children 0-17 reach social-emotional, language and communication, cognitive, and physical developmental milestones. All of our interventions rely on evidence-based practice, ensuring that your family is getting top quality care.

Our Centre offers 1hr long individualised therapy sessions both OT and ST, alongside group based intervention. We can also combine speech and language therapy and Occupational therapy sessions to better support your Childs needs.

Speech and Language Therapy

Pediatric speech and language therapy provides support to children who have challenges with the understanding and/or use of language.

Speech and language therapy may target:

  • Speech sound production
  • Fluency of speech (stuttering)
  • Use of age-appropriate grammar
  • Vocabulary and complexity of sentences
  • Organizing thoughts, problem-solving, planning, etc.
  • Understanding directions and questions
  • Social communication

Speech and langauge therapy can help children with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Sensory Processing Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and others. Therapists work with families on education around speech and language development and send activities home for practice to optimize progress.

Occupational Therapy

Pediatric occupational therapy helps children develop the basic sensory awareness and motor skills needed for motor development, learning, and healthy behavior.

Occupational therapy may target:

  • Body awareness
  • Fine motor control and organization
  • Coordination of movement
  • Ocular motor skills
  • Visual perception skills
  • Self-regulation
  • Sensory modulation (reaction to stimuli)

Occupational therapy can help children with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), Dyspraxia, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), cerebral palsy (CP), Down Syndrome, genetic disorders, developmental delays, and others. Evaluation and treatment may look and feel like play to the child. All the while, the therapist is making clinical observations of muscle tone, postural control, reflex integration, and other functions related to neurological and motor development.

Group Based Intervention

Social skills are crucial to our success in life. The repertoire of skills that we acquire becomes more complex throughout childhood. Children are expected to observe, interpret, and respond in social situations all day long.

Social skills groups may target:

  • Early developing skills, such as listening to others, following directions, eye contact, greetings, and keeping a calm body during structured group activities.
  • Interpersonal skills, such as turn-taking, sharing, requesting, responding, initiation, perspective taking, and conversation skills.
  • Problem-solving skills, such as conflict resolution, cooperative skills, emotional regulation, and big problems versus small problems.
  • Nonverbal communication skills, such as reading other people’s body language, emotional state, and personal space awareness.

Social skills groups may benefit children who have:

  • Difficulty making/maintaining friendships
  • A hard time being flexible and problem solving with peers
  • Limited understanding of turn-taking/sharing
  • Difficulty taking perspective of peers
  • Difficulty understanding emotions
  • Difficulty listening to others in conversation and responding appropriately
  • Limited eye contact and understanding of nonverbal communication

Our social skills groups use curricula such as the following:

  • Superflex by Stephanie Madrigal and Michelle Garcia Winner
  • Think Social by Michelle Garcia Winner
  • Thinking About You Thinking About Me by Michelle Garcia Winner
  • Good Talking Words by Lucy Hart Paulson, Ed.D., CCC-SLP and Richard A. van den Pol, Ph.D.
  • Super Skills by Judith Coucouvanis, MA, NP, PMHCNS-BC

SOS Fussy Eating Groups

Based on the principles of the SOS (Sequential-Oral-Sensory) approach to Fussy Eating, this group program aims to increase children’s tolerance of exposure to new foods and building oral motor skills. Parents attend this group with their children and watch the therapy room via a live stream. There is a parent education program that runs alongside the child group.

SOS is an evidence-based approach to working with children who are fussy eaters.

Child goals:

  • Participate in a play-based group alongside their peers
  • Learn to have positive experiences with food
  • Increase willingness to try different foods

Parent goals:

  • Learn the cues to eating
  • Understand the steps that are involved in eating
  • Create a feeding routine at home
  • Know your child’s limits
  • Get support from other parents and staff

The program is delivered in a small, structured group setting for 8-10 weeks. Groups can be offered during school Terms.

A compulsory information session precedes the group based program. The information session aims to address:

  • The SOS approach
  • Explore reasons why their child may be having difficulties with feeding and eating
  • What can be done at home