PARENTS

We are Family-Centered  which means we recognize that you know your child best.

We understand that no two children or families are the same - each one has different needs, skills, challenges, interests, and resources. We believe that you - the parents, caregivers, and families - play the most important role in your child's development.

At the Fraser Valley Child Development Centre (FVCDC) we:  

aim to support and strengthen your natural ability to enhance your child's development;
will encourage and reinforce your strengths while respecting your individual values and beliefs:
will work together with you, understanding that families and professionals make an equal and complementary contribution to supporting a child's learning and development.
   

FVCDC receives provincial funding to provide these services, therefore, services are 'free' and also accessible through designated intrepeters. You can make a referral for your child by completing our online referral form or contacting us. We look forward to working with you and your child.

 

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT

Every family is assigned a Primary Service Provider, who plays a vital role in ensuring that your child receives the appropriate services. The Primary Service Provider will:

Act as a main point of contact for your family over time;                                                 
Help you identify and implement your priorities;
Consult with other team members for strategies that support the family's priorities;
Assist with transitions (including moving communities, preschoool, or Kindergarten).

 

SERVICE DELIVERY

Our highly skilled and well educated professionals collaborate together with you to provide services in a unique mix of home visits, clinics, centre-based groups, individual consultation and therapy, outreach education and training, as well as specialized programs. Depending on your child's needs, services may be provided by:  (full desciptions link)

  • Child Development Consultant

  • Family Support Worker                                                            

  • Infant Development Consultant                                            

  • Occupational Therapist

  • Physical Therapist

  • Speech-Language Pathologist                                          

  • Supported Child Development Consultant                          

  • Behaviour Consultant

  • Behaviour Interventionist

  • Key Worker

  • Parenting Specialist                                                                       

 

The Fraser Valley Child Development Centre provides early intervention, school aged and specialized services that are community-based, accessible, inclusive and responsive to the needs of chidlren at all stages of their development. Services are delivered in a culture of excellence, diversity, and respect, with a focus on innovation, quality, stability, and positive outcomes for each child and their family.

 

 

CHILDREN BIRTH - 5 YEARS

Are you concerned about your baby, toddler or preschooler? For example, perhaps he or she is having difficulty sitting unsupported, walking or talking? If so, our early intervention team is ready to empower you with strategies to help your child become more independent, discover their abilities, and learn new skills. The service plan for your child and family may include:

  • Family Consultation - provided on specific topics identified by you as priorities for your child's development. We are able to share ideas about how to encourage your child's development at home and in the community.
  • Parent/Caregiver and Child Program - we offer a number of fun, play-based programs for a small group of children working on develpoing similar skills. These programs provide opportunities for your child to learn new skills, and for you to learn how to practice the enw skills with your child. They are also a great opporunity to meet other parents
  • Parent/Caregiver Education & Training Program - providing opportunity to learn about child development, parenting and other early years topics.
  • Community Consultation - we are available to consult with community programs (e.g. preschool or daycare) in order to foster your child's development and encourage successful inclusion in these environments.
  • Individual Sessions - occassionally we may provide individual sessions focused on specific goals for your child.
  • Team Work - your team memebrs meet, formally and informally, to discuss your child's serviecs and to share ideas and strategies with each other in order to support your child in reaching the priorities you have identified.

CHILLDREN 6-18 YEARS

For school-aged children we may continue to provide physical therapy and occupational therapy services through their school-based team. Our staff work closely with parents, teaching assistants, and teachers to help each child function to the best of their abilities within their classroom setting. This may include:

  • Equipment and tools that support independence, participation and maximize learning;
  • Programs to develop skills for daily living including self care and mobility;
  • Assistance with wheelchairs, walkers, and lifts;
  • Consultation with schools around accessibility and inclusion;
  • Provide training to ensure safe lifts and transfer of children.

Additional school age services include Key Worker (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Complex Developmental Behaviour Conditions), Behaviour Support, and Supported Child Development.

FVCDC staff also do their best to help families with the transition to services which will provide support for their child as they enter their adult years.


OTHER SERVICES

In response to the needs of children and families, with financial support from donors and funders, FVCDC has created areas of expertise and knowledge to better serve specific populations.

Key Workers - providing child specific information, advocacy, support, advice and access to community resources to families of children and youth who have been diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and other complex developmental and/or behaviour disorders (Abbotsford, Mission, Chilliwack).

Behavior Support – provides behavioral consultation and individualized interventions to children and youth with developmental needs who have significant behavioral challenges. Parental Support and education is a component of this program (Abbotsford).

Early Childhood Mental Health Program – in partnership with school districts, the Ministry of Children and Family Development, preschools and daycares. Services include individualized programs and specialized groups responding to children with social emotional needs (Abbotsford).

Visit our Other Services Pages for detailed information on our