External Resources

The following are some website links that may be helpful. Please be advised the Children's Treatment Centre does not monitor or endorse the content of external links, sites, and/or resources. As such, similar to general Internet content/access, you should use with caution and supervision. The following links represent only a sampling of available resources and other sites may also contain useful information, but may not be listed here. Resource links are provided for informational purposes only and are not a substitute for professional care and advice. If you need further information or website suggestions please discuss with your therapist. The Children's Treatment Centre is not responsible for the content or the privacy policies of the websites to which we link.

Communication Links

  • The Hanen Centre - has developed a variety of family-centered programs for early intervention. They offer programs for parents as well as resources targeting the development of language and literacy, language delays, the autism spectrum disorder and Asperger’s syndrome; www.hanen.org
  • Geneva Centre for Autism - is the international leader in the development of clinical intervention and the training of professionals; www.autism.net
  • The Canadian Association of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists' website offers information sheets on the development of speech and language as well as consumer information; www.caslpa.ca
  • A library of topics that offers parents practical, easy-to-use information, and links to resources and services in Greater Sudbury.  http://sudburyfamilies.ca/topics/category/topics/communication/ 
  • Spreading the Word – The 30 Million Words Initiative:  The Thirty Million Words® Initiative is an evidence-based parent-directed program designed to encourage parents to harness the power of their words to enrich their young children’s language environments, build their brains, and shape their futures.  http://blog.asha.org/2014/01/30/thirty-million-words/

Therapy Supplies/Equipment

  • School Specialty Canada - Provides products, programs, and services to help engage and inspire students of all ages and abilities to learn; www.schoolspecialty.ca 
  • FDMT - Educational materials and sensory tools; www.fdmt.ca
  • Flaghouse - FlagHouse is a “global supplier of equipment and resources for physical education, sports, fitness, and recreation and for health, special needs, special education, sensory integration, and multisensory environments”; www.flaghouse.ca
  • Benik - Manufacturers site for custom neoprene medical supports. Information about pricing, ordering, and caring for your splint is available here; www.benik.com
  • Patterson Medical - Provider of rehabilitation, assistive, and splinting products; formerly Sammons Preston Rolyan; www.pattersonmedical.ca
  • Parsons ADL - Distributer, manufacturer, and designer of home health products; www.parsonsadl.com
  • Therapy Shoppe (US) - Specialty shop providing therapy merchandise for school and pediatric therapists, teachers, and parents; www.therapyshoppe.com
  • Handwriting Without Tears (US) - The Handwriting Without Tears Website provides information and resources for parents, teachers, therapists, and students for using the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum; www.hwtears.com
  • First Playgrounds Inc. - A resource for fun products and a range of Special Needs Toys; www.specialneedstoys.com
  • Theradapt - Manufacturer and distributer of “finely crafted, innovative pediatric rehab products designed for children with special needs”; www.theradapt.com
  • Rifton - Adaptive equipment for children and adults; www.rifton.com
  • Zach's List - Zach's List is an online classifieds tool for parents and caregivers to buy and sell used equipment for children with disabilities. It is free to register, post equipment advertisements and reply to posts. The Zach's List website also has a discussion board where members can discuss various topics about having a child with special needs; www.zachslist.ca

Resources

  • Canchild -“A research and educational centre that provides evidence-based information to improve the lives of children and youth with disabilities and their families.”; www.canchild.ca
  • OT Works - Provides general information about occupational therapy. Options to “ask an occupational therapist”, “find an occupational therapist” and “quick links” are provided; www.otworks.ca
  • The Canadian Association of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists - offers information sheets on the development of speech and language as well as consumer information; www.caslpa.ca
  • About Kids Health - "Trusted answers from The Hospital for Sick Children" www.aboutkidshealth.ca
  • Lose the Training Wheels - Site whose mission is to teach individuals with disabilities to ride a conventional two wheel bicycle and become life-long independent riders; www.losethetrainingwheels.org
  • Pathways.org - Site providing resources and tools for parents and healthcare providers; www.pathwaysawareness.org
  • Lives in the Balance - Provides support and help for behaviorally challenging children and their caregivers; US website; www.livesinthebalance.org
  • Ability Online - Ability Online is a free, monitored & supportive online community that welcomes kids, teens & young adults of all abilities; www.abilityonline.org
  • Learning Disability Association - Site for Sudbury's chapter of the Learning Disability Association; www.ldasudbury.ca
  • Centre for ADHD Awareness Canada - www.caddac.ca
  • Totally ADD - resources and supports; www.totallyadd.com
  • Teach ADHD - resource for ADHD; www.teachADHD.com
  • Youth Job Connection the program serves youth aged 15 to 29 who experience multiple and/or complex barriers to employment by providing more intensive supports beyond traditional job search and placement opportunities. : http://www.sudbury.ymca.ca/employment/

Information 

  • Ontario Association of Children's Rehabilitation Services - Site for support to Children's Treatment Centres in Ontario; www.oacrs.com ​​​​​

Cool Links for Kids

These sites have not been researched and tested by CTC staff and, like most Internet content/access, you should use with caution and supervision.

Keyboarding Programs
The following are some examples of online typing programs for children. 

Interactive Web Browser for Kids
The following is the website address for an interactive web browser created mostly for use by children with autism: www.zacbrowser.com.  This website will require you to download the program and it will also download a link to Autism News.  This browser contains a collection of interactive games, activities, stories, music, etc. that can be easily and independently accessed by children. French: www.zacbrowser.com/fr