The following article was taken from the MCYS Special Needs Strategy site and is dated August 25, 2014.
A key area of focus of the Ontario Special Needs Strategy is to create and offer a voluntary, standard developmental screen to identify developmental risks and introduce early supports as soon as possible.
What will it look like?
- The screen will be grounded in a strong understanding of child development and be appropriate for children ages 0 to 6.
- Screening will be offered at well-publicized community locations by trained staff.
- The screen will not be compulsory; it will be available to parents upon request.
- The screen will identify risks for healthy development and developmental delays, which may include early signs of autism and/or learning challenges that could negatively impact a child’s development or participation in school or community activities.
- If a need or needs are identified, children will be referred for further assessment and treatment via a single service or with coordinated service planning.
The Ministry of Children and Youth Services, together with the ministries of Education and Health and Long-Term Care are:
- Working with scientific experts in the development of a screening tool or tool kit.
- Working with a Provincial Consultation Group to consult on implementation. Members will include representatives from public health, primary care, Ontario Early Years Centres, Resource Teachers, and Parenting and Family Centres.
- Developing an implementation plan that includes provincial training for local community providers so that there is consistency in the delivery of screening across the province.
To learn more, please CLICK HERE and go to links for the first three initiatives at the bottom of the page. You will be directed to register for the MCYS collaboration site which contains loads of great information.