About Us

Who does the Home Visiting Program help?                                                  

We work with families of young children aged birth to 6 years who have or are at risk of having a developmental delay and who live in London-Middlesex, Oxford, Elgin, Huron, and Perth counties. Many of the children who require ongoing developmental supports are transitioned to other community service providers after the age of 2 years.


What is a developmental delay?

Most young children learn new skills in predictable ways and at predictable times. Some children need more support to learn how to hold up their head, roll over, sit, drink and eat solid foods, talk, play with people and toys and build relationships with their family members. When children take longer to learn new skills, it may be called a developmental delay.

Why would a baby be at risk of having a developmental delay?

Some things that might cause a developmental delay are:

  • Health problems during pregnancy, birth, or as a very young infant (such as substance exposure during pregnancy, birth complications, prematurity, or serious illness like, meningitis).
  • Some genetic or medical conditions (such as Down syndrome, or seizure disorders).

Often it is not known why a child's development is progressing at a different pace than other children his or her age. Services and support are available.

What does the Home Visiting Program do?

We are here to help. Our services are free and completely voluntary. We work with all kinds of families and value learning about your unique family and culture. Language interpretation services are available if you need them. We would like to speak with you to learn more about your child and what kind of supports might be helpful to you.

A Parent Infant Therapist will be assigned to you. This therapist will get to know you and your child. This therapist will support you and your family, answer your questions, and help connect you with community supports. They will make regular visits, usually every 2 weeks, to work with your family, and to set goals with you. During the visits, together you and your therapist will explore play activities to help your child learn new skills. Other team members will meet with you as needed. Towards the beginning of service, we will offer you a Team Screen, which is a play-based assessment to allow you to meet your child's whole team. We will offer formal developmental assessments if these would be helpful.

We hold groups at CPRI and community locations to support families and teach them skills. We offer loans of equipment and materials.

Many of our families work with us for about one year, and we will work with you to decide how long our services would be helpful. If your family still needs supports as your child approaches the age of 2 years, we will begin to explore with you other services that are available to you in the community. These may include, the Thames Valley Children's Centre, tykeTALK, smallTALK, daycare centres, and others. Your Parent Infant Therapist will be able to help you to make those decisions and complete the referrals.

Where does this happen?

Families tell us that it is most helpful to them to receive supports in their homes. We can also meet at our offices in St. Thomas Aquinas High School, at your child’s daycare, or at another location, like an Ontario Early Years Centre. Groups are held at CPRI and throughout the community.

Share Page
[ {"term":"Commensurate","description":"To be Equal"},{"term":"emotional disorder","description":"There are several different emotional disorders, and people can have more than one. Someone with an anxiety disorder has a lot more than the usual amount of fears and nervousness. Someone with a depressive disorder often feels sad, irritable, hopeless, or moody. A person with an obsessive-compulsive disorder or trauma-related disorder may have thoughts or reactions that impact their thinking, feeling, and behaviour, causing major problems in their day-to-day life."},{"term":"evidence based practice","description":"Evidence based practice means applying the best available research results when making decisions."},{"term":"informed consent","description":"Informed consent means our workers will explain to you and your child:\r\n\r\nWhy the service is being proposed; \r\nThe nature of the service; \r\nWho will be providing the service; \r\nWhat are the expected benefits; \r\nWhat are the alternatives to having the service; \r\nWhat are the risks and side effects; \r\nWhat are the likely consequences of not having the service; \r\nWhat are the limits of confidentiality; \r\nbefore asking you to agree to the service."},{"term":"intellectual disability","description":"Someone with an intellectual disability has limitations in thinking and problem-solving skills (also called intellectual functioning) and day-to-day life and social skills (also called adaptive functioning). The problems begin in childhood and last for the person’s whole life. Each person with an intellectual disability is different and might need a different kind of support."},{"term":"Psychoeducation","description":"Information and teaching to empower a person with a mental health condition to cope with the condition effectively"},{"term":"Reactive attachment disorder ","description":"Reactive attachment disorder (RAD) is a very specific diagnosis that can only be made by a qualified psychiatrist, psychologist, or physician. RAD refers to a very limited set of circumstances in which children are thought to not have the opportunity to develop any specific attachment to a caregiver. Onset of the problems must begin before age five and cannot be due to another mental health or developmental problem, and the child must have reached a developmental age of at least 9 months old. Children with RAD cannot or do not seek or respond to any comfort, even when very distressed or hurt. Extremely insufficient care, such as neglect or repeated changes of primary caregivers, without meaningful contact with adults, is thought to “cause” the disorder."},{"term":"resilience","description":"An individual\\'s ability to adapt to stress and adversity"},{"term":"Trauma informed","description":"Trauma-informed care recognizes trauma symptoms in clients and the role that trauma has played in their lives."} ]