Early Childhood Behavioural Therapy Program
Heartland Health Region’s Early Childhood Behavioural Therapy Program is intended to prevent and minimize the impact of developmental, emotional, and behavioural problems in children 0-6 years that would hinder their health and well being in later life.
Services in this program are provided by the Early Childhood Therapist who is based in Rosetown. The Therapist works closely with Public Health Nurses, Speech Language Pathologist, Early Childhood Intervention Programs, and Day Care Programs. Referrals can come from many sources including: public health nurses, parents or caregivers, day care workers, preschool workers, pre-kindergarten workers and social services.
The program is delivered throughout the Region in office and/or through home visits, and includes consultations, counselling, presentations to parent groups, positive discipline strategies, behavioural assessments, etc.
For further information, contact the Early Childhood Therapist at (306) 882-2672 ext 2280.
Early Childhood Therapy
Early Childhood Therapy services are available from each regional facility. The Heartland Health Region’s Early Childhood Psychologist (ECP) works with children up to five years of age, who have not yet entered school, who are developmentally above or below average, or who have common behavioral problems. The Early Childhood Therapist (ECT) will work with both the preschooler and the parent to help the child manage his or her developmental problems.
How to tell if a child needs help
An indicator that a child may need help is if he or she may have had some problems with the developmental screening activities the public health nurse did at a recent clinic visit. Or, a child could have a behavioral or developmental problem such as getting along with other children, crying a lot, not using many words, or appearing “different” from other children the same age.
How does the ECT help children overcome these problems?
Depending on the concerns expressed about the child, the ECP may:
- Evaluate the child’s level of ability
- Observe the child
- Interview the parent(s) to find out more about how the child behaves at home
After evaluating the child, the ECT can do a number of things:
For example, he or she could suggest home activities to carry out or discuss enrolling the child in a suitable program such as the Early Childhood Intervention Program or a daycare or preschool program.
- He or she may also suggest another medical specialist or health professional to help the child.
It is important to note that parents are involved in their child’s visits to the ECT and are consulted at every step.
For more information on Early Childhood Therapy and the services that are available through the program please call the Community Health Services department at 306-882-2672 ext. 2280