Services for Families
Private family consultation provides an opportunity to receive advice and guidance from a child and family developmental specialist. During the consultation, you may ask questions and discuss any concerns you may have relating to your child’s development. Common topics in which families seek consultation include toileting, sibling rivalry, behaviour guidance, eating, sleep, social issues and much more! Parents may also choose to have their home environment observed to help them set up spaces that will aid in independence and freedom of movement, key factors for the development of confidence and self-discipline for children.
Phone or Skype Consultations
Though, face-to-face consults offer the most benefits, when observation of the child is needed, we understand that modern day life makes it challenging for some. If you live out of the area or your schedule makes it difficult to meet face-to-face then a phone or Skype consultation is an option. Please contact us so we can discuss your needs to see if it is right for your needs.
Ages & Stages Questionnaires: A Parent-Completed, Child Monitoring System
The Ages & Stages Questionnaires (ASQ) is a first level comprehensive screening program for children 4 months to 60 months of age. It is designed to identify infants and young children who may need further evaluation to determine if an early intervention program is needed. The questionnaires contain 30 developmental items that are separated into five areas: communication, gross motor, fine motor, problem solving, and personal-social. Parents answer yes, no, or sometimes to questions regarding a specific behaviour. A professional converts each answer to a point value and compares to an established screening cut-off point.
Denver Developmental Screening Test II
The Denver II is designed to be used children between birth and six years of age and is administered by assessing a child’s performance on various age-appropriate tasks. The test is valuable in screening asymptomatic children for possible problems, in confirming intuitive suspicions with an objective measure, and in monitoring children at risk for developmental problems. The Denver II screens functional areas in four sectors: personal-social, fine motor-adaptive, language, and gross motor. It also includes five “test behaviour” items that are completed after the test is administered to the child.
Bayley Scale of Infant & Toddler Development (3rd Edition)
The Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development, Third Edition (Bayley-III) is an individually administered instrument that assesses the developmental functioning of infants and young children between 1 month and 42 months of age. Its primary purposes are to identify children with developmental delays and to provide information in intervention planning. The Bayley-III assesses development across five domains: Cognitive, Language, Motor, Social-Emotional and Adaptive. Cognitive, Language and Motor domains are conducted using items administered to the child; assessments of Social-Emotional and Adaptive domains are conducted using primary caregiver responses to a questionnaire. In addition, the Behaviour Observation Inventory, completed by both the examiner and the caregiver, assesses the child’s behaviour at home, aiding in the interpretation of the Bayley-III scales.
Intervention programs are used to assist children who have been detected with a developmental delay or concern. The programs consist of activities that are specifically tailored for your child’s needs. These activities are designed to enhance the skills of concern so that the child may reach appropriate developmental milestones for his or her age. Studies indicate high success rates for intervention programs when developmental delays are detected early on in a child’s life.
Parental Guidance 000
Parental Guidance “000” is a home visit consultation addressing behavioural issues and management techniques for particularly challenging behaviours including aggressive behaviour, temper tantrums, anxiety, etc. Your child will be observed in your home environment to determine what methods will be best suited for your family and child to encourage safe and healthy interactions. If a challenging behaviour is affecting your relationship with your child or other members in the family, please do not hesitate to seek guidance. You do not have to go through this alone.
Throughout the year, Growing Minds conducts parenting workshops on various topics of interest to parents. These workshops provide a wonderful opportunity to receive credible up-to-date guidance regarding your child’s development and to also meet and network with other parents in the area. All workshops are designed to help parents feel more empowered and confident in their parenting skills and techniques. Participants are encouraged to ask questions and to get involved in open discussions between other attendees and the lecturer. The workshops last 3 hours, unless otherwise noted. Refreshments and a snack are provided. For details on a particular workshop, see our workshop calendar.