For referrals to the Early Intervention Program (EIP)/First Steps Program (FSTP), the Admin Coordinator (AC) will make first contact with new families who are referred for more than one therapy service. Typically, the AC will phone the parents within two weeks of receiving the referral. The AC will then share this information with the Therapy Department Directors and will coordinate a date for the Initial Consultation (IC). For children being referred for only one therapy service, a therapist will be in contact with the family within two weeks of receiving the referral to arrange a time for an Initial Consultation (IC).
It's never too early to refer if you have concerns about a child's development. The research clearly tells us that the earlier intervention begins, the better the outcomes are.
Refer anyway. If we are not the appropriate agency to help, we will guide you to the one that is.
For referrals to the Early Intervention Program (EIP)/First Steps Program, a Family Support Worker, (FSW) sees all new families who are referred for more than one therapy service. Typically, the FSW meets with parents within one week of receiving the referral for an Intake meeting. The FSW finds out what the family needs and asks the parents/guardians to sign the consents and authorizations in preparation for their Initial Consultations (IC) with therapists.
For children being referred for only one therapy service, a therapist will contact the family within two weeks of receiving the referral.
After the IC there will likely be a waiting period before ongoing services begin. If while waiting the family situation changes, i.e., new contact information/address or health/ability changes an additional consultation may be requested by calling 604-463-0881. In addition, families may be invited to participate in a small group that was recommended at the time of the Initial Consultation.
Therapy services are free to families. Fees are charged for some services, including therapy groups and parent education courses. These fees are to cover the costs of supplies/materials used in the groups. Subsidies may be available as the cost of the groups should not limit any family from participating.
RMCDC staff recognize the importance of this transition and are committed to working with the families and the school district to ensure that the process of discharge from RMCDC services to Kindergarten entry is a positive experience.
Transition to Kindergarten Process
November - December
April - May - June
Referral for occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech-language pathology services are all made through the classroom teacher or school support teacher.