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Individual Interventions

Individual interventions, which are defined as a single rehabilitation professional working with one child, may take place at the Centre or in the child’s daily living environment.

Play is used as means to achieve objectives that are defined in the child’s intervention plan. Interventions generally last anywhere between 30 and 60 minutes and parents are encouraged to attend or participate in the sessions.

Joint Interventions

These interventions are conducted by two rehabilitation workers to provide the child with additional support or assistance, or to exercise dual expertise. Similar to individual interventions, joint interventions aim to develop the child’s abilities, to maximize the child’s autonomy, and to help the child acquire different skills in order to improve both the child’s and family’s quality of life.

Group Interventions

Group interventions are formed based on the objectives that are identified in each child’s intervention plan. Group interventions give children the opportunity to use their peers as role models; to develop social skills such as respect, empathy, mutual support, etc.; and to prepare them for their integration into society.

Medical Consultations

Depending on their needs, the children may consult medical specialists such as a physiatrist, pediatrician, neurologist or dentist.

Referrals are often issued based on recommendations made by the interdisciplinary team. Medical consultations take place at the Rehabilitation Centre Marie Enfant. Appointments are generally made with the administrative agent or clinical coordinator of the child’s program.

Interventions in daily living environments

It is important to learn about the child’s different daily living environments by using an ecosystemic approach.

Therefore, the rehabilitation workers conduct interventions directly in the child’s different environments as needed.

At Home

It is necessary to learn about the child’s home environment, family structure and daily living routines so that the rehabilitation workers can adjust their recommendations and treatments according to the family’s context.

At the Daycare

Rehabilitation workers meet with daycare staff to provide them with information that enables daycare staff to make environmental adjustments and to adapt activities to the child’s strengths, which will enhance the child’s participation in group activities.

In School

Integrating a child into school is an important step. Therefore, school professionals generally rely on the rehabilitation team to learn about the child’s needs, required adaptations, program adjustments, etc.

Therefore, the rehabilitation team works in collaboration with the people who interact with the child in order to provide them with support and awareness that enable the child to fully participate in academic and extracurricular activities.

In the Community

The CRME rehabilitation team aims to help children grow into independent adults who enjoy a quality of life and who are able to carry out the same daily activities as their peers: cooking, using automated banking machines, crossing streets, ordering pizza, practicing sports and recreational activities, etc.

To achieve this, rehabilitation workers conduct interventions in a variety of places such as community centres, sports and leisure centres and other public sites. The objective is to provide the child and his/her environment with tools, which will optimize the child’s social participation.

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Updated on 3/20/2015
Created on 9/10/2014
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