INFANT AND CHILD
Getting early support for children with developmental disabilities is key to increasing the chances of success for child development outcomes and goals. The Infant and Child Development Program (ICDP) supports children from birth to school entry who have a developmental disability and/or risk of developmental delay. We offer welcoming, home-based programming that supports the development and provides education and community information to parents, including:
- Individual support to parents
- Parent-child groups
- Parent training workshops
- Service coordination with other professionals
- Support during transitions to childcare or school
Our Developmental Consultants also work with caregivers to build their capacity to support their child’s development. Surrey Place is one of several Infant Development Program providers in the city of Toronto and across the province. We are contracted by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS).
Caregivers are eligible for ICDP services if their child:
- Is 0-6 years old
- Is living in Toronto
- Has a suspected or confirmed diagnosis of a developmental delay
The conditions are as follows:
- Children who are under 18 months old and registered full-time or part-time may receive ICDP until they turn 18 months of age.
- Children who are over 18 months old registered part-time (i.e., 15 hours or less) may receive condensed consultation services, including participation in the “First Steps” workshop.
- Children who are over 18 months registered full-time (i.e., over 15 hours) may receive one (1) home visit contingent on participation in the “First Steps” workshop.
There are three circumstances under which families may be excluded from registering for ICD:
- Families that receive service from an ICDP provider from another agency, such as Centennial, Mothercraft and Centre Francophone.
- Children who are attending a specialized preschool program, such as Centennial, Silver Creek and Holland-Bloorview.
Routine Based Intervention promotes learning in all areas of a child’s development during naturally occurring routines. This workshop will explore setting up and adapting your child’s environment to maximize learning and play, positive behavior supports and the use of visual supports at home.
A follow-up group chat will be offered for those who have questions or would like more assistance in identifying goals and selecting strategies for their child and family’s individual needs.
This session is suited for parents and caregivers of children receiving or waiting for infancy and early childhood services ages 18 months to 4 years old.