Markham Stoufville Hospital Child Development Programs

Resources – Links

General Links

Families of children and youth with special needs, including physical, developmental and/or communications needs, can have difficulties receiving services in a timely and coordinated way. Ontario is working to improve how families access the services they need, as close to home as possible. Click here to read more…

York Region Public Health – Promoting Healthy Child Development

York Region Public Health is dedicated to providing parents with valuable programs, services and information to help as their babies and children grow and develop.

For more information about York Region Public Health services, call Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653 or click here

Speech & Language Links

A unique collaborative of community service-providers, government agencies, school boards, hospitals, advocacy organizations and parents working together to improve existing systems of support for children, youth and adults living with an Autism Spectrum Disorder in York Region.

In Britain, stuttering is referred to as stammering. This excellent website has resources for parents, older children, teachers and clinicians.

The Stuttering Center of Western Pennsylvania has many excellent resources for parents and caregivers.

This is the national body that supports and represents the professional needs of speech-language pathologists, audiologists and supportive personnel inclusively within one organization. Through this support, SAC champions the needs of people with communications disorders.

CDSS is a national non-profit organization providing information, advocacy and education about Down syndrome.  The CDSS supports self-advocates, parents and families through all stages of life.

The CSA is an internationally recognized not-for-profit organization for people who stutter. Their mandate is to promote awareness of stuttering and support for people afflicted with this disorder.  The CDA offers education and resources about stuttering, and helps to faciliatate the formation of self-help groups across the country.

C&FC was established by and for the community of professionals in York Region who provide early development and child care services to children aged prenatal to twelve.

The Network provides comprehensive, coordinated care and services to kids with complex physical, developmental and communications needs who live in Simcoe County or York Region.

The purpose of the College is to regulate the professions of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. The College serves and protects the public interest, and governs its members in accordance with the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA), the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Act, 1991 (ASLPA), and the regulations, policies and by-laws of the College.

Click here to view the CASLPO brochure (available in 8 languages).

CDAAC is committed to supporting excellence in Communicative Disorders Assistant practice and professional growth of all members.

Early Intervention Services provides information, education and support to families and their infants and young children with special needs in York Region.

The Geneva Centre strives to build the capacity and skills of individuals, families, community agencies and professionals to help individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder realize opportunities for successful community inclusion.

The Hanen Centre is a Canadian not-for-profit charitable organization committed to supporting parents, early childhood educators and speech-language pathologists in their efforts to promote the best possible language, social and literacy skills in young children.

KPAS has been committed to enhancing the quality of life of people with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) for over 35 years through innovative personalized supports, expertise, collaboration and advocacy.

This is the Ministry site for the Preschool Speech and Language Program with information about milestones and contact information for the various regions across the province.

OAFCCD’s vision is that all children will have access to a continuum of speech and language services to support their successful participation at home, in school and in the community.

The Ontario Early Years Centres provide programs for children from birth to six years, at no charge to families. These programs are available throughout York Region at many locations. They offer workshops for parents, school readiness programs for children, drop in play times, and many other activities.

OSLA is the strong, collective, influential voice for the professions in the Province. OSLA represents, promotes and supports its members in their work on behalf of all Ontarians, especially those with communication disorders, swallowing difficulties, or hearing health care needs.

The Stuttering Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization working toward the prevention and improved treatment of stuttering. The Stuttering Foundation provides free online resources, services and support to those who stutter and their families, as well as support for research into the causes of stuttering.

The Early Literacy Specialist supports early literacy as well as numeracy throughout York Region by providing resources, workshops, seminars and consultations for parents, caregivers and early childhood professionals. They work with individuals and community groups and collaborate on projects and initiatives to support parents and caregivers.

ZERO TO THREE is a nonprofit organization that provides parents, professionals and policymakers the knowledge and know-how to nurture early development. On their site you will find information,  interactive tools, parent handouts, charts, Tip Sheets, FAQ’s, articles, and powerpoint slideshows all designed to help you in supporting and nurturing the health and development of babies and toddlers.

Hearing Links

AG Bell is based in Washington, DC and provides resources that focus on listening and spoken language for those families who have chosen an auditory path for their child with hearing loss.

This is the national body that supports and represents the professional needs of speech-language pathologists, audiologists and supportive personnel inclusively within one organization. Through this support, SAC champions the needs of people with communications disorders.

Ontario Chapter Hands and Voices is a support group for parents of children with hearing loss. Their motto of “What works for your child is what makes the choice right” embodies their inclusive approach to communication.

LS&S specializes in products for the blind, visually impaired, deaf, and hard of hearing. Here you will find a great collection of low vision aids, hearing helpers, daily living aids, and information designed to help you or a loved one regain independence.

This is the Ministry site for the Infant Hearing Program with basic information about the screening process and contact information for the various regions across the province.

Boys Town National Research Hospital is located in Omaha, Nebraska. It is one of the sites involved in the development of the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) programs across the United States. The site is geared towards parents of children recently identified with hearing loss.

This site provides information about the services available through the Infant Hearing Program in Ontario.

Silent Voice including the Silent Voice American Sign Language (ASL) Services of the Infant Hearing Program (IHP) resource-rich site, designed as a one-stop shop for parents and caregivers of Deaf children!

VOICE is a parent group that works to advocate for hearing-impaired children and focuses on the development of auditory and verbal skills.

Vision Links

Eye See Eye Learn

Eye See… Eye Learn offers prescription glasses at no charge.  Children born in 2013 are eligible for one complimentary pair of glasses, if they are prescribed, following their OHIP-covered eye exam with a participating optometrist.

Offer available July 1, 2017 until June 30, 2018.

The American Foundation for the Blind removes barriers, creates solutions, and expands possibilities so people with vision loss can achieve their full potential.

The Canadian National Institute for the Blind is an agency dedicated to helping those who are blind or partially sighted to overcome challenges of vision loss and live full active lives. This site provides the latest news on community resources and programs, and vision health for individuals of any age.

Rules to keep in mind when buying sunglasses for children

For parents of children with visual impairments

This is a website dedicated to providing awareness about Cortical Visual Impairment. The focus is to offer information on assessment tools, resources and strategies to help children with CVI learn to use their vision.

LS&S specializes in products for the blind, visually impaired, deaf, and hard of hearing. Here you will find a great collection of low vision aids, hearing helpers, daily living aids, and information designed to help you or a loved one regain independence.

This is the Ministry site for the Blind-Low Vision Program with basic information on the program as well as contact information for the various regional offices.

This is a website dedicated to helping member optometrist provide high standards of eye health and vision care. Families can visit the site to learn more about purchasing eye glasses, eye exams and information on general eye health.

VIEWS is a non-profit organization that advocates for children and young adults with vision loss. This site keeps families up-to-date on current initiatives, as well as events such as community programs, camps and workshops for parents

WonderBaby.org, a project funded by Perkins School for the Blind, is dedicated to helping parents of young children with visual impairments as well as children with multiple disabilities.