Our clinic-based Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Therapy services support children’s development in physical development, language, communication, feeding, social, and play development. KidsFirst Clinic offers 1 hour individual and group-based intervention.
Our clinicians are dedicated to keeping up with Evidence Based clinical approaches. We pride ourselves on working closely with schools, families, and support services to support each child’s development. We offer clinic based, home based or school-based sessions.
Our team works with a range of diagnoses including but not limited to:
- Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
- Cerebral Palsy
- Genetic, chromosomal, and metabolic disorders/syndromes
- Birth injuries
- Sensory processing disorder
- Global Developmental Delay (GDD)
- Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)
- Traumatic brain or spinal cord injuries
Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) provides life-changing treatment, support and care for children who have difficulties with communication, eating, and drinking.
Our SLT works with children with:
- Mild, moderate or severe learning difficulties
- Language delay
- Difficulties with speech sounds
- Hearing impairments
- Cleft lip and palate
- Developmental Language Disorder (DLD)
- Feeding and eating difficulties
- Complex Communication needs - Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC)
Our SLT team can complete formal and informal assessments which will provide information into your child’s understanding and expression of language, communication profile, speech or feeding difficulties.
Occupational Therapy (OT) empowers and facilitates children’s participation in activities of everyday living (i.e. occupations). Our OT team takes a developmental approach to address
- Physical ability (fine and gross motor skills)
- Sensory processing and modulation
- Handwriting skills
- Visual motor skills
- Self-help skills
- Body awareness
- Coordination of movement
- Self regulation
Our OT team can complete formal and informal assessments which will provide information on your child’s sensory processing, gross and fine motor skills.
Making an appointment at KidsFirst Clinic
- Reach out to KidsFirst admin team
- A therapist will give you a call to discuss your concerns
- We will arrange an initial consultation/ assessment at a time of your convenience
- Your child attends the initial OT/ SLT consultation (Parents are encouraged to join).
- Therapists follow up with your child’s school to discuss your child’s strengths and areas for growth.
All families are provided with written feedback following the assessment. Therapists will assemble individual therapy for your child based on the areas for growth identified in the consultation. Progress will be monitored and evaluated regularly with families.
The Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach is a play-based method that helps picky eaters develop a positive relationship with food. SOS Approach to Feeding is a Transdisciplinary Program for assessing and treating children with feeding and weight/growth difficulties. SOS Approach to feeding integrates motor, oral, learning, medical, sensory and nutritional factors and approaches in order to comprehensively evaluate and manage children with feeding/growth problems.
Based on the initial feeding assessment, a child may be assigned to Individual Feeding Therapy or Group Feeding Therapy.
A compulsory information session precedes the group-based program. The information session will address:
- The SOS approach
- Explore reasons why their child may be having difficulties with feeding and eating
- What can be done at home
- Participate in a play-based group alongside their peers
- Learn to have positive experiences with food
- Increase willingness to try different foods
- 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
At KidsFirst, we run social pairs/small groups for children of different ages and developmental stages, which incorporate strategies and concepts from Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking Curriculum. Sessions are run by a Speech & Language Therapist, Occupational Therapist or Special Education Teacher. Depending on the needs of the children, intervention goals range from increasing peer awareness and interacting with peers in play to working cooperatively as a group, and problem solving when social conflicts occur. Activities during sessions are a combination of structured and unstructured activities, always keeping fun and relationship building at the core.
During the social pair/group sessions, we aim to guide individuals on a journey of discovery where they can:
- Learn formulas for gathering clues by observing a setting, the situation, and the people involved.
- Be empowered to figure out how the social world works through their own detective lens.
- Learn to identify feelings and emotions and connect them to behaviours.
- Understand that all feelings are okay, even uncomfortable ones, and we can still learn and grow.
- Have numerous opportunities to make smart guesses about hidden social rules in various situations.
- See examples and learn tips for school, home, and community life.
- Celebrate how all of us are social observers who are affected by others’ actions and reactions.
We run executive functioning groups following the CAAT treatment program. This research- based curriculum is tailored to provide developmentally appropriate programs that teach children how to gain flexibility, understand and effectively set goals, plan for individual achievement and practice collaborative problem-solving.
This group includes 8 interactive sessions. For younger students (Grade 3-5) this group will target self- advocacy, compromise, friendships and social cues, emotional self- identification and executive functioning. For students within middle school (Grade 6-8) this group will target motivation, goal- setting, follow through, and flexible problem solving.
KidsFirst Handwriting Club is a group that consists of 8 classes. It is for children between the ages of 5- 15 years who will be split into age- appropriate groups.
The goal of the group is to lay the foundation of efficient handwriting by working on gross motor, fine motor and visual motor skills that support this complex skill. This group also works on correct pencil grip, correct formation of letters, letter reversals and writing legibility. The group targets mainly print, but cursive will be taught if appropriate.
Parents are provided with weekly newsletters that explain the skills worked on and activities to practice at home.
Sensational Storytellers Group (SLT Lead)-
This fun Speech and Language Therapy based group helps develop children’s narrative skills. Narratives or storytelling allows students to orally discuss their thoughts and experiences while developing an understanding of higher- level language and theory of mind.
This group focuses on identifying the elements that make a good story (character, settings, problems, and solutions) We incorporate visuals to help children organize their stories and brainstorm ideas to make the story fun.
This group is ideal for students 8-11 years.
This fun Speech and Language Therapy based group helps develop children’s narrative skills. Narratives or storytelling allows students to orally discuss their thoughts and experiences while developing an understanding of higher-level language and theory of mind.
This group focuses on identifying the elements that make a good story (character, settings, problems, and solutions). We incorporate visuals to help children organize their stories and brainstorm ideas to make the story fun.
This group is ideal for students 8-11 years.
Lego based therapy is a social development programme originally developed to help develop communication skills. Research has found that Lego based therapy improves verbal and non-verbal communication, joint attention, sharing, turn-taking and most importantly collaborative problem-solving. At KidsFirst, we run Lego Social Groups to encourage carry-over to everyday life the skills we are targeting in sessions. This Lego based therapy group will target the development and carry over of higher-level language skills (e.g. inferencing).
The aim of Lego based therapy is to work together as a team to complete a Lego project. Each team can have up to 4 roles:
- Engineer - The engineer is in charge of sourcing the building materials.
- Architect - Has the plans and instructs the engineer and builder what to do.
- Builder - Follows the directions of the architect and puts the building materials together.
- Problem solver - Solves any problems that may come up during building.
Each role will alternate regularly to allow for each child to have an opportunity to take part.
We are happy to arrange a phone call to answer your questions, We can also arrange a complimentary center visit to discuss KidsFirst school with one of our Team members.