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Programs & Services


Rural Pediatric Allied Health

Services support the growth and development of children and youth as well as their participation in meaningful functional activities.

What Families Can Expect:

  • Families and caregivers are actively involved.
  • We want to understand what's important to your child and family (what matters to you) e.g. daily routines, family and friends, activities you enjoy.
  • Services are goal-driven; starting and continuing services is based on having functional reasons/goals for rehabilitation.
  • The length of service will vary. It is based on a child's needs and goals, and the availability of local programs.
  • Services may be time limited. Teams address child and family needs within available resources.
  • Services may be in-person, by phone, or videoconference. They may be in a group or one to one.
  • We will talk with you about next steps. You and your child will be supported to move to the next developmental stage or between providers and services.
  • Assessment is part of rehabilitation. It comes in many forms. The purpose is to understand your child's strengths and needs. This guides the (rehabilitation) care plan.
  • We will work together with you and other providers.
  • Therapy may look like ‘play’, depending on your child’s age.
  • We’ll work with you to find home ideas that fit with your life.
  • We want to know if the (rehabilitation) care plan is not working for your child or family.
  • We want to know if things are getting in the way of rehabilitation e.g. travel, health, other family needs.
  • AHS Translation/Interpretation services are available.

 

Program Description:

Your child may need help from more than one type of service. The care team works with children, youth and families to support participation in activities that are important to you. Working together helps everyone to focus on your biggest priority for your child and family. Supports provided are related to (neuro)developmental and / or medical conditions.

 

Services are provided for children and youth with a variety of needs. For example:

  • Hearing (e.g. responding to sounds, noise, voices, words)
  • Moving (e.g. sitting, crawling, walking, coordination)
  • Using hands (e.g. playing with toys, using utensils)
  • Taking care of self (e.g. dressing, toileting, doing chores, sleeping)
  • Equipment needs (e.g. wheelchair, walking aides, adaptive aides)
  • Physical symptoms (e.g. pain, muscle/joint tightness, breathing, head shape, sensitivity to noise or touch)
  • Managing emotions (e.g. behavior, becoming overwhelmed)
  • Communication (e.g. understanding directions, babbling, using words and sentences)
  • Clear speech (e.g. being understood by others, stuttering, voice quality)
  • Feeding and swallowing (e.g. coughing, gagging, choking, refusing to eat certain foods)

 

This team will do their best to find ways to help everyone on the team, including the child/youth, their parents and the family.

Contact Details

Didsbury District Health Services

Address
1210 20 Avenue
Didsbury, Alberta
T0M 0W0
Telephone
403-995-2638
Fax
403-995-2639
Email
PediatricRural.AlliedHealth@ahs.ca
Accessibility

This facility is wheelchair accessible and has an elevator on site.

Hours of Operation
Days of the Week

Monday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Tuesday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Wednesday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Thursday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Friday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Access
Service Providers May Include
occupational therapists (OTs), physiotherapists (PTs), speech-language pathologists (SLPs), social workers (not available at all sites)
Eligibility

Services are available for children and youth from birth to 18 years of age.

  • Children birth to five years of age (the early years): a broad range of health and developmental services are offered. We focus on the early years and early intervention to try to prevent health complications and improve long-term health and wellbeing.

 

  • Children and youth 6 to 18 years: specific, health-focused services are offered when a child has a significant change in their medical or (neuro)developmental condition; or due to injury, medical intervention, surgery, or illness.
Service Access

Healthcare providers should consult the Alberta Referral Directory for service referral information.

 


Wait Times

An estimated wait time will be provided at the time of appointment booking.

Service Languages
Interpreter/Translation services
Service Locations