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Getting Care at School

Children attend school to learn and develop intellectually. They also attend school to socialize, exercise and experience life outside the home. For our young patients who require physical, medical and mental health support, we provide a variety of in-school health services to maximize their opportunities to attend school and benefit from the learning environment.

Special Needs Strategy

In 2014, the Ontario government launched the Special Needs Strategy in response to feedback received from families to improve the timeliness, effectiveness and coordination of the services that children and youth with special needs require to fully participate at home, at school, in the community and to achieve goals for adulthood.

A key initiative of the Special Needs Strategy is the delivery of integrated rehabilitation services, including physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology, for children and youth from birth to school exit. Partners in local communities are developing family-centred models of care and seeking feedback from key stakeholders. Implementation of the new service delivery model is expected to begin as early as Fall 2018.

We will continue to work together so that the changes do not cause disruption for you and your family, so that there is no reduction in rehabilitation service capacity, and so that you are kept informed and supported during the transition to the new service delivery model.

Your care coordinator is available to respond to any questions you may have regarding your child's care plan.

a nurse provides care to a student at schoolSchool Health Support Services

In-school health services give your child access to a wide variety of health-care professionals, and are arranged through our School Health Support Services program. These services might include nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech language therapy and nutrition counselling. For children and youth attending private schools or receiving home schooling, personal support services may also be provided.

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a mental health and addictions nurse talks with a studentMental Health and Addiction Nursing

We work with local school boards to help students not only stay in school, but to thrive. Mental Health and Addiction Nurses are specially trained to identify and support students who need extra mental health support, including support for addiction and substance abuse issues.

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