Children Program


The Children Program helps children with significant and persistent difficulties in one or more of the following areas:

  • Children between 0 and 7 years of age with a significant and persistent hearing loss who require services in English or ASL (American Sign Language)
  • Children between 0 and 7 years of age with significant vision loss
  • Children between 0 and 7 years of age diagnosed with stuttering
  • Children between 0 and 7 years of age diagnosed with a motor impairment
  • Preschoolers with language impairment, apraxia of speech or who are believed to have these impairments
  • Preschoolers with significant and persistent delays in at least two areas of their development
  • Children between 5 and 7 years of age with significant and persistent motor delays not related to a cognitive or intellectual impairment
  • Children between 5 and 7 years of age diagnosed with a developmental coordination disorder


Program objectives

  1. Maximize the child’s potential and autonomy in their daily activities
  2. Integrate the child into the daycare or school
  3. Guide children and their families with regard to the necessary adaptations depending on the child’s needs in their different living environments
  4. Guide parents in supporting their child’s development

Services offered

  • Assessment of the child’s functional and developmental level if necessary.
  • Interventions that help meet the child and family’s functional objectives within the framework of the program’s objectives
  • Complete before and after cochlear implant rehabilitation program which includes:
    • Eligibility assessment and support in requesting surgery
    • Programming
    • Intensive Functional Rehabilitation (IFR)
    • Technical support for cochlear implant
    • (Troubleshooting and emergency service: 514-488-5552, ext. 4016 or at
  • Multiple Impairment Team: As the only CIUSSS on the Island of Montreal providing services for 4 physical impairments (language, motor, auditory and visual), this specialized team delivers integrated services to children with significant impairments in several areas.
  • Psychosocial support and counselling for the child and family with regard to the child’s physical impairments
  • Consultation and support for integration into daycare, school, and leisure activities
  • Workshops for parents on various topics
  • Assessment, counselling and training in the use of technical aids or computer aids if needed

Access to various services

  • Services for Assistive Technology: Communication
  • Services for Assistive Technology: Motor Impairment
  • Service for Assistive Technology: Deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • Services for Assistive Technology: Vision Impairment
  • Interpreting Services (regional bank of interpreters)
  • Braille Book Lending Library
  • Access to Braille Production Services
  • Technical Visual Aids Boutique
  • Specialized Multidisciplinary Clinics
    • Dysphagia and Feeding Disturbance Clinic
    • Saliva Management Clinic
    • Orthopedic Clinic
    • Physiatry Clinic
    • Orthosis Clinic
    • Low Vision Clinic

A multidisciplinary team works with the family based on the child and family’s needs. This team includes the following professionals:

  • Audiologist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Speech and Language Pathologist
  • Optometrist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Psychoeducator
  • Psychologist
  • Orientation and Mobility Specialist
  • Vision Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Social Worker
  • Technician in Specialized Education

Types of interventions

Different types of intervention are possible depending on the child’s needs and available resources

  • Individual interventions
  • Group interventions
  • Workshops for parents
  • Consultation

Services are offered

  • At the MAB site
  • At the Mackay Site
  • Consultation in the child’s environment (home, daycare, school)

To make a request for services

  • Referral using the Request for Services form can be made by the individual, the family or a member of the community
  • Link to the Request for Service form from the ID-ASD-PD Access Desk web page

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