Child & Family Health

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Early Abilities (Speech & Language, Vision, Hearing)

Seek early intervention.  Discover your child's potential.

Our children begin communicating at an early age.  They learn to use their vision, hearing, and speech skills to help them get attention, protest, request, comment, ask and answer questions.

When one or more of these skills are delayed or impaired, don't wait and see. We are here to help.

What's New

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Parenting Tips: Learn to Manage Your Stress While Teaching Your Child!

Research shows that punishments such as slapping, spanking or shaming do not work and can harm your child. Learn more positive ways to teach your child by watching Best Start's Children See Children Learn video series about positive parenting. Improve your relationship with your child today!

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Hearing Loss and Brain Development

Most babies with hearing loss have the same chance to develop their brain for learning language and reading as their hearing friends. Learn more about early brain development and the things that help a child with hearing loss learn to listen and speak.

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Eye See Eye Learn

With the school year fast approaching for preschoolers, make sure to have your children's eyes checked! If you have a child already attending JK, the Ontario Association of Optometrists (OAO) have a new video encouraging you to book an Eye See...Eye Learn (ESEL) exam before the school year ends. ESEL is an amazing resource partially funded by the Government of Ontario which offers free eye exams and a pair of glasses for children entering Junior Kindergarten.

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Free E-Learning Courses for Speech and Language Development

FREE e-learning courses for parents/caregivers on how to create a stimulating speech and language environment that can support your child's communication development.

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Speech and Language Program Registration Deadlines

If your child was born in 2014 and needs a speech and language assessment, you must register them before the August 31, 2018 deadline.  

If your child is attending school and needs a speech and language assessment, you should speak to your child's teacher or the school principal. There are speech language pathologists who consult to TDSB and TCDSB schools.

Services

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Infant Hearing Program

A community partnership designed to identify infants born deaf or hard of hearing, and children (0-6) who may get permanent hearing loss.