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About Early Intervention Services

​The Simcoe County Early Intervention Services system provides young children with special needs and their families with a wide range of services and supports to help them develop to their fullest potential.

   
 Our Service Providers

Services are provided by Infant Development Workers, Resource Teachers/Early Intervention Workers, Therapists, Clinicians, Physicians and professionals from local hospitals, rehabilitation providers, community and social service agencies who work with children with special needs, including:

  • Behaviour Management Services York and Simcoe
  • Catulpa Community Support Services
  • Children's Treatment Network
  • Community Living Association for South Simcoe
  • Community Living Huronia
  • E3 Community Services
  • Kerry's Place Autism Services 
  • Kinark Child and Family Services
  • New Path Youth and Family Services
  • Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital
  • Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre
  • Simcoe Community Services
  • Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit
  • Simcoe Muskoka Community Care Access Centre 

How We Work Together With You - A Family Centered, Team Approach
We work in close partnership with you and your family to assess and respond to concerns about your child's development. Our goal is to work as a team to create an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP)  - or if your child has multiple special needs, a Single Plan of Care (SPOC) - that best meets your child's unique needs.

 

What is an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) or a Single Plan of Care (SPOC)?
The IFSP or SPOC is an action plan focuses on your visions, goals and priorities for your child and family. Through this plan, professionals work together with you to help your child progress through their preschool years and make a smooth and successful transition to school. Your IFSP or SPOC is reviewed as your child develops and is adjusted when new goals or strategies are needed or your circumstances change.

Our commitment is to give you all the information you need to make decisions about your child's care and be an active member of your team.

Your plan outlines your goals and describes how the various service providers will work with you and your child to achieve them. It notes where services will be delivered - at home, in preschool or in an early learning setting. Some services may be 'hands-on', while others will be more consultative, aimed at training and supporting you and others who see your child regularly to work on specific tasks and activities.

What you can expect from your Individual Family Service Plan or Single Plan of Care:

  • To be an active member of your child's team.
  • To participate in developing meaningful goals and activities for your child and family.
  • To be informed and asked for consent to share your personal information with your team.
  • To be an active participant in your child's plan and service delivery.

Confidentiality - Who will see information about my child and family?

All information is held in strictest confidence and is shared with members of the team supporting your child and family only if you give consent. Anyone you consider to be part of your 'support team' can be included, such as Physicians, Childcare Workers, Therapists, or other family members.

If your child has multiple service providers to support his/her special needs, a shared electronic record through the Children's Treatment Network will be opened. This allows all the different professionals working with your child to share information, co-ordinate services and monitor your child's progress. This will reduce the need for you to tell your child's story over and over again and allows your team to build on past experience. The electronic record will support you and your child beyond preschool years. A staff member will review the privacy and consent package and assist you to complete Network Consent.