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Children's Therapy Initiative Children's Therapy Initiative


The Children’s Therapy Initiative is a joint initiative of the provincial government partners of Education, Citizenship and Youth, Family Services and Housing, Health/Healthy Living, and Healthy Child Manitoba.
The Children’s Therapy Initiative began in May 2002 in response to the need to improve the coordination of children’s therapy services across Manitoba. 

The Children’s Therapy Initiative includes all children from birth to 21 years of age requiring audiology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and or speech-language pathology services.

The goal of the Children’s Therapy Initiative is to provide co-coordinated, regionally based services that allow children to reach their full potential. 

Children’s Therapy Initiative Outcomes

The Children’s Therapy Initiative is built around the achievement of six provincial outcomes.  The outcomes include:

  1. Regional Partnerships: It is important to involve all potential stakeholders.  Each regional partnership must include families, education, health and social services, agencies and community participants.

  2. Access: Families have access to information and services.  Families can access the system directly.  Access facilitates family and child centered service.

  3. Common Intake: The intake process incorporates all service providers.  Common intake increases accessibility, co-ordination, and encourages a more equitable service.

  4. Continuum of Services: Each region ensures that a continuum of services based on the principles of prevention and early intervention is available.  Children are served in a manner consistent with best practice and individual need.  Service delivery models and types of treatment are provided along a service continuum to ensure that services match needs.  Education, direct treatment, and consultative-collaborative services are all components of a continuum of effective service delivery.  Services may be provided by a parent, clinician, teaching assistant, classroom teacher, resource teacher, volunteer, child development worker, childcare worker, and other caregivers.  A clinician designs, directs, and supervises the cooperative therapy process.  The service continuum includes:

    • Consultative Collaborative: An approach in which treatment goals are integrated into daily activities (e.g., home, school, daycare, play, work).  The treatment process is under the supervision of a clinician.
    • Direct: Direct face to face treatment with a child or group of children in any setting. The treatment process is under the supervision of a clinician.
    • Education: Education provided by a clinician to groups of parents or other professionals such as daycare staff, to provide direction in treatment activities.

    Flexible services allow a child to move from one type of service to another. The choice of service delivery depends upon the needs of the child and family.  Options for services are equally valid and reflective of best practice patterns when they are provided in a manner that matches and addresses the individual needs of children and families.

  5. Transition Planning: Each region creates a process that allows the child and family a seamless transition through health, education and/or social services. Transition planning is conducted when the child moves between various departments and services agencies, to school, through early, middle and senior years and into the community.  Transition planning enables children and their families to receive appropriate information and services without interruption or delay.

  6. Evaluation: The evaluation of child outcomes is essential to the delivery of effective therapy services.  Each region determines program outcomes to be achieved as well as evaluation strategies to measure success.

The Children’s Therapy Initiative currently has programs in the following regions:

Children's Therapy Initiative Programs

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For further information regarding the Children’s Therapy Initiative please contact:

Leigh Haldenby
Program and Policy Analyst
Disability Programs, Family Services and Housing
305-114 Garry Street
Winnipeg, MB R3C 4V7
Phone: 204-945-5599
Fax: 204-945-5668

Janet Morrison
Manitoba Health/Healthy Living
2096 – 300 Carlton Street
Winnipeg MB  R3B 3M9
Phone:  204-788-6645
Fax:  204-948-2366

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