Early Intervention

Why focus on early intervention?

Early intervention programs help children from birth to six years who have special needs. In rural and northern communities, early intervention programs for youth with special needs are often limited or unavailable. We need to make available programs that are specific to the needs of youth living in these remote communities.

How do we help?

We work to ensure early intervention programs are widely available throughout rural and northern Canada. We work with parents and professionals to develop effective services and training opportunities in early intervention. To be effective, programs and services must be sensitive to the cultural and linguistic diversity in rural and northern communities.

What are we doing to help?

  • Work with families, communities and governments to develop effective early intervention programs
  • Connect parents, teachers and groups interested in early intervention
  • Provide easy ways to get helpful information
  • Collect and review the latest information on early intervention
  • Report on best practices and best programs
  • Find new technologies to improve services

Where it happens?

All across Canada, our team of early intervention experts are working together to ensure the excellence. Our team also includes community, government and corporate groups. It is managed by team leaders, Mary Lyon, Ph.D. and Kim Kienapple, Ph.D. of Mount St. Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The Centre of Excellence for Children &
Adolescents with Special Needs:

Call:  (807) 343-8219  Fax:  (807) 346-7991 

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