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Help With Your Child's Development

 
Learn about what kind of services are offered in Halton region for support with your child's development.

Is your child on track? The first six years are a critical time in your child's development. During these years, a child's brain develops how they:

  • Listen and see
  • Talk and move
  • Express emotions

Healthy development is influenced by loving caregivers who respond to a child’s needs, provide opportunity for them to develop their skills and abilities (external link), and build self –esteem in their child.

Families are not alone in this; there are many community supports available to help caregivers promote the healthy development of their child.

What programs and services are offered by Halton Region?

Telephone support – Nurses and child development experts available Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Dial 311 or 905-825-6000 (phone support available for 170 different languages)

Resources – We can provide you with resources to help support your child’s development

Developmental expertise – We can suggest activities that you can do with your child.

Community linkages – We will link you to local programs, services, and supports.

Children with differing abilities – We can provide services and supports for you and your family.

Professional support – Our staff can help you throughout your entire parenting journey; from pregnancy to raising teenagers!

Online support – Online support with HaltonParents . Connect by email, Twitter, blogs, or our online parenting support pages.

What can I do if I have questions or concerns?

Two of the best ways to determine if your child is on the right track are:

  1. Complete the LookSee Checklist (formerly NDDS) (external link). If you answered “NO” to any of these questions, contact Halton Region or talk to your health care provider.
  2. Attend a 15 minute ASK consultation if your child is 5 years old or younger.

What are the advantages to seeking help?

Advantages for your child: Advantages for parents:

Access important services and supports early

Learn about activities to do with your child to support their development

Improve key skills (external link) needed to support learning

Discover community services and supports 

Feeling good about themselves!

Increase your confidence as a supportive parent

Resources to support your child's development

Read about real life parent stories!

Visit the HaltonParents blog: I wish I had done something sooner...

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