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What is IDEAS?


IDEAS stands for Intellectual Disabilities & Emotional Disorders: Adaptive Strategies

We assess and treat children and youth age 2 to 18 who have an intellectual disabilityand an emotional disorder. The emotional disorder must have a major impact on functioning and current services. We are a tertiary service, so we treat children and youth whose needs are more than can be met in their community.

Why is IDEAS important for these children?

Children with intellectual disabilities may have challenges with social skills, school, communication, emotions and behaviour. They can also have all the same mental health difficulties as other children and youth. Their symptoms may look different because of their differences in development and skills. They may show their symptoms through disruptive or aggressive behaviour more often. Recognizing and treating their symptoms may be more challenging because of the differences in their skills and development.

How does IDEAS work?

We assess children and youth and offer services to them and their families, schools, and community partners. We also offer community education seminars and workshops for parents, educators, and professionals supporting these children and youth.

The first step is often a consultation with our Psychiatrist or Psychologist to help decide what next steps, such as further assessment, are needed.  These assessments may involve our Psychometrist, Social Worker, Community Behaviour Consultant, Occupational Therapist or Speech Language Pathologist.  Parents may be invited to our parenting sessions while waiting for other services.  We meet with the family and community supports to discuss our information and recommendations.

Treatment can include both individual and group work. Some of our services are: 

  • IDEAS on Anxiety Parenting Information Sessions
  • Children’s Relaxation Group
  • Individual therapy
  • Individual parenting consultation
  • Training and consultation with community supports

We believe that partnership with the child, family and community supports is the key to positive long-term outcomes for children and families.  You are integral members of our team from assessment through to treatment and follow-up.  

Where does it happen?

Assessments are generally done at CPRI. Follow up appointments and feedback sessions may take place at home, school, or other agencies as needed. Training sessions take place at CPRI and in communities. IDEAS team members often make home and school visits.

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