Special Needs Services
Specialized care and approach that fosters a sense of belonging
The CCAS Special Needs Team is committed to providing a quality of care to children and youth with special needs that values inclusion, belonging, and facilitates a smooth transition to adulthood.
Our effective case management supports the following special needs:
- Global Developmental Disability
- Pervasive Developmental Disorders (Autism, Aspergers etc.)
- Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FASD)
- Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Acquired Brain Injury (Shaken Baby Syndrome etc. )
- Medically Fragile Children
- Physical Disability (Cerebral Palsy etc.)
- Visual and Hearing Impairments
- Multiple Exceptionalities, including Mental Health issues
Special Needs Services provide:
- Professional assessment of needs
- Referrals to community care resources available in your region. We work closely with these service providers to help ensure your children receive the level of care required for their needs. Our role includes advocating for children's access to appropriate care, and advising caregivers
- Caregiver education on the level and type of care required for their child. Our Specialists can help you develop your coping skills so that you can provide better care with less stress and anxiety.
- Collaboration with community care providers to ensure continuity and consistency in your child's care.
- Consultation on transition to higher schooling or employment. Our Specialists link special needs youth with appropriate adult services, which can assist them in their transition to adulthood.
- Training and consultation on related topics to CCAS staff and foster caregivers.
- Participation in public awareness campaigns to promote awareness, including FASD awareness week in July, and monthly ADHD awareness workshops.
- Family Support CCAS also offers a family support program, which provides direct assistance to families where there is a special needs child or where one of the parents may have special needs.
Please see Related Links for community and online resources for special needs.