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Infant and Child Development Services (ICDS)

Infant and Child Development Services (ICDS) provides developmental and therapy services for children who meet the following criteria:

  • are birth to 5 years of age
  • have an established biological or psychological risk or have special needs
  • meet program eligibility criteria

Is your child on track?

If you have concerns about your child’s development, the following resources can help:

What we do

Working closely with parents, we can:

  • identify activities and strategies to help you interact with your child and promote their growth and development.
  • screen and assess your child to monitor development and facilitate goal setting.
  • help with the transition to childcare.
  • collaborate with other community resources that may benefit your family.
  • assist with referrals to other agencies as needed.

Where are the services provided?

Services are provided in:

  • your home
  • clinics
  • child care programs
  • other community settings

The above services are typically provided during an initial appointment with one of our staff members.  These one-time appointments typically last 90 minutes and are based upon a referral from your family doctor, health care provider or community service. Your appointment:

  • allows your family to provide feedback, discuss concerns and observations
  • helps our staff understand the needs of your child
  • includes the opportunity to review any screens completed
  • helps our developmental consultants make recommendations for an appropriate service.

Our professional staff is ready to help

If you have concerns, we can help. Our team of developmental consultants and occupational therapists has a diverse range of experience and training in:

  • early childhood education
  • special education
  • child studies
  • psychology
  • infant mental health
  • physical therapy

Program eligibility

You are eligible to participate in a program if:

  • you live in Halton
  • you have concerns about your child’s development
  • your child received a diagnosis in the hospital of a disorder/condition that may affect development, such as:
    • Down syndrome, fragile X or other chromosomal abnormalities
    • neonatal seizures (with known or unknown cause)
    • nervous system infections (such as meningitis or cytomegalovirus)
    • metabolic disorders (such as hypothyroidism)
    • early concerns with regards to autism spectrum disorder
  • your child had prenatal, neonatal complications or other early events that may affect development, for example:
    • complex prenatal factors (such as stroke in utero)
    • small birth weight for gestational age
    • traumatic birth (including asphyxia at birth or meconium aspiration)
    • complicated hospital stay
    • premature delivery and associated medical conditions
    • prenatal exposure (alcohol, recreational/prescription drugs)
    • feeding intolerance or difficulty
    • early neurological concerns
    • congenital hearing/vision impairments
  • there is an increased risk of a developmental delay due to significant family history.
  • social risks are present that may affect your baby/toddler’s development, including but not limited to:
    • difficulty adjusting to parenthood
    • concerns with attachment
    • risk of neglect/abuse
    • parental mental health concerns