Lansdowne Children’s Centre is boosting its presence in Haldimand and Norfolk counties.
The Brantford-based centre will adding a preschool speech and language program to the services it already delivers in Haldimand and Norfolk as of Sept. 30. The program helps prepare children with speech and language difficulties for school.
“We have been the lead agency for the Brant preschool speech and language program since its inception and we’re thrilled to be rebranding the new Brant-Haldimand-Norfolk Preschool Speech and Language Program,” said Rita-Marie Hadley, executive director of the Lansdowne. “This is an excellent early intervention initiative that provides services to families of preschool children with communication delays.”
Lansdowne already provides services to children and youth with physical, communications and developmental challenges in Haldimand and Norfolk, as well as Brant County.
“The addition of speech therapy to occupational and physiotherapy that we already deliver in Haldimand and Norfolk enhances our ability to provide integrated care for local families requiring multiple paediatric rehabilitation services,” Hadley said. “We collaborate with a range of local agencies also supporting children and youth to reach their potential across their lifespan.”
The program will continue to be delivered to families at sites throughout Haldimand and Norfolk.
The preschool program will continue to be delivered by the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit until Sept. 30. The health unit has already notified parents of children currently in the program, as well as those on a wait list, that Lansdowne will be taking over the program.
Health unit employees who deliver the program have been invited to apply for positions with Lansdowne.
Families with specific questions about their children and the changes can contact the Lansdowne speech manager at 1-800-454-7186, ext. 308.
“We want to make the transition as seamless as possible for the families and children we serve,” Hadley said.
She said the health unit was looking to transfer the program to another agency and Lansdowne is a good fit.
The change is supported by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services.