PATH

PATH or Preschool Assessment and THerapy is the NEO Kids Children’s Treatment Centre in-house preschool program dedicated to children with motor and communication delays. PATH children benefit from both one on one therapy and group therapy, within a structured play environment. The PATH programs promote:

  • curiosity and choice making
  • self-esteem
  • play skills, turn-taking and respect of others
  • gross motor skill development (e.g., positioning,moving, balancing, developing coordination)
  • communication skill development (e.g., making sounds, signing, using words, etc.)
  • fine motor skill development (e.g., colouring, cutting)
  • self-care skill development (e.g., dressing, feeding, toileting)
  • preparing a child for the transition to an integrated child care centre and/or school.

Therapies Involved/Team Members

The PATH team may consist of the following team members:

Family
Preschool Leader
Occupational Therapist
Physiotherapist
Speech Language Pathologist
Communicative Disorders Assistant
Social Worker
Volunteers & Students
 

About the Program

Duration, Frequency & Intensity
The PATH Program is held on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. This preschool program respects holidays and follows the academic calendar distributed in September. The PATH program is not offered in July and August.  In the event of school bus cancellations due to weather, the NEO Kids CTC’s preschool program will also be closed, as driving conditions will be dangerous and the availability of staff may be reduced.

Structure
There are 3 terms during the academic year: September to November, December to March and March to June.  Early in each term, a meeting will be held between parents & the PATH team to jointly determine goals for the term. At the end of each term, a transition meeting will be held between parent & the PATH team to discuss the next steps (eg. block off/home program, outpatient services, SPOT, community program, etc.).  

Eligibility and Admission Process

Age Range
24 months to 4 years of age

Screening and Assessment Process
NEO Kids CTC therapists suggest to parents that he/she may benefit from attending our PATH Program. The purpose of these programs is to provide intensive therapies (physiotherapy, occupational and speech & language therapy) within a structured Preschool Program which emphasizes socialization and play.

Program Availability
The demand for the program may exceed the number of spaces available. If parents are interested in having their child participate, therapist will submit an application for PATH and a meeting will then be held to review all potential candidates. A fair selection process will be undertaken based on each child’s needs and set eligibility criteria. Parents will be informed by a PATH staff member if a space is available for their child. The programs run on 3 month sessions, and, if ineligible for one session, space may become available in the future.

Language Availability

PATH incorporates French and English, as well as sign language within the program.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can parents attend program?
Parents are welcome to attend the program with their children for the first few sessions in order to help the child transition. However the goal is for parents to leave the children as the sessions progress. Parents are welcome to participate in some sessions with the therapists as parent helper of the day. If the children exhibit extreme separation anxiety we do have a waiting area out in the hall for those parents who wish to remain close by as well as a Family Resource room.

Diapers and Snacks?
Parents are responsible for providing diapers, wipes, pull-ups, or underwear and a change of clothes. A nutritious snack is provided. Parents are asked to

advise the PATH team if their children have special dietary needs.

 

 

Cost?

Fees = $100.00 per term 
Fees may be waived if the client is absent for a prolonged period (e.g., more than 3 weeks in succession). Funding may be available to families requiring help. Please contact social worker for more information at 705-523-7120 ext. 1483.

 

Equipment & Transportation?

Parents are responsible for providing transportation to and from the program, as well as bringing in any braces, UCBLs, orthotics or splints with their children.  Other equipment such as standers and walkers may be required. Please consult with your child’s physiotherapist or occupational therapist.

 

 

Consultation with other service providers?

When infant development staff are involved with the child they will be invited to attend PATH transition meeting with parents.  This final meeting will serve to review the child’s progress and discuss recommendations for home as well as the next model of service delivery (i.e. Outpatient services at NEO Kids CTC, SPOT visits in daycare, etc.).