Using a blended model of virtual and in-person services, at KidsAbility, we help children, youth and families to achieve great things at home, at school, in childcare, and in their community. The SPOT Team at KidsAbility, part of the Special Needs Resourcing Collaborative (SNRC) in Waterloo Region, strives to support childcare staff and caregivers through consultation services to ensure an inclusive experience for children in care. Through use of resources, training, and consultation, SPOT supports children with physical, communication, behavioural, or developmental challenges – regardless of diagnosis or not. KidsAbility’s SPOT team works with you to identify the goals of the classroom or for a specific child, working together in collaboration with parents, to share recommendations and strategies to make these goals possible. Whether it is physio, occupational, speech, or behavioural supports the KidsAbility’s SPOT team is here to help. Every child deserves the opportunity to participate fully in a way that is meaningful to them in all their environments. We will work with you to give you the skills, knowledge, and confidence to help make this possible.
Behavioural Supports: Assess the cause of a challenging behaviour and put into place positive behavioural supports, reduce challenging behaviours using classroom-wide strategies that help promote inclusion in the program.
Occupational Therapy: Assess play, social and hand skills (e.g. scissor and printing skills), attention to task, sensory processing, self-help skills (e.g. dressing, feeding, toileting).
Physiotherapy: Assess muscle and trunk control, balance, physical abilities in the classroom and on the playground, muscle power, joint stiffness.
Speech-Language Pathology: Assess voice, fluency (e.g. stuttering), resonances (e.g. movement of air through the nose), sound production, oral motor skills, feeding, expressive language, comprehensive and social communication.