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About Early Intervention Services

​​​​​​Simcoe county 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.

We support the early identification and treatment of infants and young children with special needs, or those who ​may be at risk of experiencing barriers to development, up to school entry, who live in Simcoe County.

Our Service Providers

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

  • Centre for Behaviour Health Sciences, Mackenzie Health
  • Children’s Treatment Network
  • CLH Developmental Support Services
  • E3 Community Services
  • Empower Simcoe
  • Kerry’s Place Autism Services
  • Kinark Child and Family Services
  • New Path Youth and Family Services
  • North Simcoe Local Health Integration Network
  • Network-Home and Community Care
  • Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital
  • Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre
  • Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit


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 Family Service Plan is an action plan focused on your family 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 FSP (IFSP or Coordinated Service Plan) 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 another early learning setting.

Some services may be “hands-on”, some more consultative aimed at training and  support (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, child care professionals, therapists, or other family members if your child has multiple service providers to support his/her special needs. Different professionals working with your child and family will document and share information using the Shared Electronic Record, provided by Children’s Treatment Network. This shared record allows the team to coordinate service 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 progress and experience.

The electronic record will support you and your child beyond preschool years through to transition to adult services. A staff member will review the privacy and consent package and assist you to complete Network Consent.