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Therapies

Our Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Speech Language Pathologists work as part of multidisciplinary teams to provide a variety of therapy services to our children and youth.

Occupational Therapists can help with these things:

  • Fine motor skills, like using pens, scissors, and crayons
  • Sensory regulation, like paying attention, staying alert, and understanding and dealing with sensory environments
  • Self-care skills, like eating, getting dressed, and using the toilet
  • Access to buildings, rooms, and environmental modifications
  • Using specialized equipment or technology

Physiotherapists can help with these things:

  • Movement, balance, and coordination
  • Motor skills, like running, jumping, catching, and throwing
  • Muscle tone, strength, and flexibility
  • Recreation and leisure activities, like modifying games or equipment
  • Using specialized equipment or technology

Speech Language Pathologists can help with these things:

  • Speech and language delay
  • Using assistive technology or speech generating devices
  • Making sounds for speaking
  • Using and understanding words

Our on-site appointments are at SSCY Centre: Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy are in Ability Acres, and Speech Language Pathology is in the Speech and Hearing Junction. Learn about our on-site therapies below. We also offer off-site therapy, such as at home or in school. Learn more about our off-site therapies on our Outreach Therapy Services page.

Occupational Therapy

Overview of program:

Occupational therapists (OT) work with you and your child to help them learn or re-learn activities that are important to them. Your OT will help you to identify strengths and resources that will help your child reach their potential.

Frequency of appointments will depend on your child’s needs, stage of development, and how quickly their skills are changing. Your therapist will decide this with you, and it will change over time.

What to expect during your visit:

Check-in at the therapy reception desk at the front entrance of SSCY Centre. Your therapist will work with you to identify areas of functional concern. They will plan a treatment approach that will use your family’s strengths, and support your child’s progress. Assessments and follow-up are usually 50 minutes long, with time after that to book future appointments. Appointments may be shorter depending on what your child needs and can do.

Depending on your child’s concerns, you may be asked to bring your child a little bit hungry and bring some of their favourite and less favourite foods.

Meet your team:

You will see an Occupational Therapist. Your appointment may be coordinated with a Physiotherapist if this is needed and convenient for you. Students may be present during some of your assessment or treatment sessions.

How to access the program:

This program is for children from birth to 5 years of age who live within the Winnipeg region, and are not eligible for services through child and adolescent mental health programs.

Referrals are made through Children’s Therapy Initiative. You can make a self-referral by calling (204) 258-6550.

Find and contact us:

Services are provided in Ability Acres at SSCY Centre, by appointment, Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. To re-schedule or cancel an appointment, call (204) 258-6501.

Some home and daycare visits are available on an as needed and time limited basis.

Program funder:

Services are funded through the WRHA. Occasionally some items or equipment may be suggested for your child. If these items are un-funded, your therapist may help you to apply for alternative funding if it is available.

Physiotherapy

Overview of program:

Physiotherapists work with children and youth who have issues with gross motor skills such as sitting, walking, running, balance, strength and endurance.

Frequency of appointments will depend on your child’s needs, stage of development, and how quickly their skills are changing. Your therapist will decide this with you, and it will change over time.

What to expect during your visit:

Check-in at the therapy reception desk at the front entrance of SSCY Centre. Your initial assessment appointment is usually for 1 hour. Your child or youth should bring running shoes and wear comfortable clothes.

Meet your team:

You will see a Physiotherapist. Your appointment may be coordinated with an Occupational Therapist if this is needed and convenient for you.

How to access the program:

Children and youth are eligible for this program if they are 0-16 years old and live within the Winnipeg region.

Referrals are made through Children’s Therapy Initiative. You can make a self-referral by calling (204) 258-6550. Referrals to physiotherapy are prioritized. Children and youth with the most urgent concerns are seen within 2-4 weeks.

Find and contact us:

Services are provided in Ability Acres at SSCY Centre, by appointment, Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. To re-schedule or cancel an appointment, call (204) 258-6501.

Program funder:

Services are funded through the WRHA.

Speech Language Pathology

Overview of program:

Speech-Language Pathology Services help teach, prevent, assess and treat children with communication disorders or delays, their families, and other care providers.  Episodes of service are provided based on what the child and their family need.

What to expect during your visit:

Episode 1: You will be contacted and have an appointment to find out what services your child and family need.

Episode 2: Based on your family’s needs, these sessions may include: care provider education, receiving information pamphlets, one on one training/coaching, or group sessions.

Episode 3: Your child may receive more sessions if needed.  The frequency and type of therapy will be based on what your child and family need.

Meet your team:

Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) work together with clinicians from the Society with Manitobans with Disabilities (SMD) and St.Amant to provide integrated therapy services within a certain community area.

How to access the program:

This program is for preschool aged children who live within the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) area.  Referrals can be made through Children’s Therapy Initiative by families, child care providers or health care providers, such as a physician, nurse, SLP, occupational therapist or physiotherapist.  You may contact us by phone ((204) 258-6550) or fax ((204) 258-6799).

Find and contact us:

SSCY Centre is one of the ACCESS sites in Winnipeg for this program.  In SSCY Centre we are in the Speech and Hearing Junction on the main floor.  Appointments are available at SSCY Centre Monday to Friday. 

Program funder:

This program is funded by Manitoba Health.