Therapy, Counselling, Assessments and Intervention:
What if we are in crisis?
ROCK’s Crisis Response program provides immediate outreach for children and youth, their caregivers, and community members. The Crisis Response telephone number will connect you to our 24-hour answering service. You will then be connected with a crisis counsellor as soon as possible.
- If you are having a Mental Health Emergency call the police or go to your local hospital.
- If your family/ child is in a Crisis Situation and you live in the Halton Region, please contact our 24 -Hour Mobile Crisis Services at 905-878-9785.
Therapists and families/individuals work together for 2-3 sessions to understand problems, explore their knowledge and abilities, and together develop solutions leading to an overall improvement in their relationships, their sense of themselves, and their ability to manage problems and difficulties now and in the future.
Behavioural Consultation and Intervention
Consultation and intervention is available to both parents and child care staff when there is concern regarding the child’s behaviour. Trained consultants work in the home and child care centres helping parents and caregivers understand the social, emotional and developmental needs of children aged 2-6. Telephone support is available to the community regarding specific issues. work with parents/caregivers helping them understand the social, emotional, and developmental needs of children. Childcare and school age staff may confidentially contact a member of the CFOSP team to discuss specific difficulties that they may be experiencing. For children and youth up to age 12.
The Pre-school Facilitator observes and provides feedback regarding a childcare environment and program via ongoing daily consultation and role modelling. An action plan is designed and implemented in conjunction with staff.
Occasionally licensed childcare programs need additional short-term support to fully include a child or group of children who have been identified as having specific needs over and above typical classroom needs.
Occupational Therapy Services
Available to children over 2 registered in a licensed childcare centre. Consultation in childcare centres, home and the community, helping children to develop independence in daily activities (such as play, feeding and toileting). Referral through a Partners agency is required.
Therapists work with groups of children or caregivers with similar needs to help them deal with specific challenges (anxiety groups. etc).
Intergenerational Trauma Treatment
This is a three-stage program for caregivers and families of children who have experienced trauma. This program is designed to help caregivers understand, cope with, and resolve the impact of trauma on their child and family.
Parent Infant/Child Assessment and Therapy
This is a therapeutic service for families who are experiencing, or at risk for, serious difficulties. The goal is to build and support early parent/child relationships to restore the flow of normal growth. Using play, parents learn to read their child’s cues and understand their child’s behaviour in order to strengthen the parent/child relationship. Within this relationship, a child learns to feel secure, regulate emotions and interact socially.
The therapist works with the family to help deal with the problems affecting them and their child. Family Therapy helps families, or individuals within a family, understand and improve the way family members interact with each other. It enables individuals and families to develop understanding about relationships, problems and themselves to assist in making desired changes in their lives. This can lead to an overall improvement in their lives as individuals and families find ways to use their knowledge and abilities to manage struggles with current problems, immediate crises, or long-term difficulties.
Parenting Your 3-6 Year Old
A group for parents of children who are experiencing challenging behaviour. Parents are introduced to positive parenting strategies and using videotaped vignettes to encourage problem solving.
Parent-Child Anxiety Group (5-6 years)
Children learn to identify and cope with anxiety, worries and fears. Parents learn how to best support their child. Screening is required
Intensive Child and Family Service
This intensive child and family service is an in home and/or in-community counselling and support program for children, youth and their families where there is a risk of family breakdown, harm, or loss of school placement.
Residential Services Aberdeen
Aberdeen House is a 6-bed residential treatment facility for youth between 12 and 15 years of age. This intensive family-based treatment program is for children/ youth struggling with significant mental health challenges. Referrals can be made by family professionals.
Psychology Services Psychology assessment/consultations are considered for children and youth when there is a concern about learning developmental, cognitive and/or social emotional functioning. The assessment process may consist of interviews with parents and other professions, observation, and individual testing.
Applied Behaviour Analysis Services
Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) is a scientific approach to understanding behaviour. It is an evidence based approach to learning that reinforces positive behaviours and reduces problematic ones. ABA helps children and youth with an autism spectrum disorder develop communication, social and daily living skills, learn better in school and become more independent. Children and youth with autism have different needs. Services will be available based on an assessment of the child or youth’s specific needs.
A court assessment may be ordered under the Young Offenders Act to assist in the disposition of a case.
Psychological and Diagnostic Assessment
A psychological assessment is a comprehensive examination of many areas of an individual’s functioning. As such, it involves detailed interviewing of the person, his/her family and, when appropriate, others (e.g. teachers) in order to answer specific questions. Often the use of standardized psychological tests and naturalistic observations are also included to assist in fully understanding the person.
A referral for a psychological assessment can be made for a variety of reasons. At ROCK, an assessment is typically requested to help yourself and others understand your child’s specific strengths and weaknesses across a variety of areas and to then use this information to decide on the next step in your child’s treatment.
How to access an assessment, diagnosis, support or services for your child with Autism:
If you are seeking an assessment or diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) for your child, please contact your family doctor or the ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development. ErinoakKids is the New Lead and the Single Point of Access for Autism Services in Halton Region.
1-877-374-6625 or 905-855-2690
The Ontario Autism Program (OAP):
If your child/youth has a confirmed diagnosis of ASD from a qualified professional, you may be eligible for the new Ontario Autism Program (OAP). ErinoakKids will answer all questions about ASD services or support available to families and will be the single point of entry for families to register for the OAP.
For more information, visit children.gov.on.ca.