Coming to the Centre

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Welcoming Your Child

External Follow-up

Scene 1: Initial Contact

The Centre de réadaptation Marie Enfant (CRME) offers programs that aim to develop the full potential and autonomy of children according to their age and abilities. When the rehabilitation team is in a position to provide services, an initial meeting is organized, ideally in the home, to assess where the child and the family are experiencing difficulties with daily living activities, and to identify their needs and expectations.

This meeting provides parents with information on how the Centre operates and on resources in the community. Interpreters are available if needed.

  • On the child
    The clients are children aged 18 years or younger with motor or language disabilities, who were referred to the Centre by a medical or rehabilitation professional. Services are provided to the child by a number of professionals either at the Centre or in the child’s everyday environment (daycare, school, leisure, home, etc.).
  • On the parent
    The family is at the centre of the rehabilitation process, supported and surrounded by a team of professionals. Partnerships are also created with resources in the community.

Scene 2: Passe-Temps

The Passe-Temps is a transitional place that receives children between appointments. It can also receive their siblings so that parents can attend the interventions.

  • On the teacher
    A special education teacher and a team of staff ensure the safety and well-being of the children. They work together to achieve certain learning objectives. 



Scene 1: Initial Contact

When children are referred to the Centre de réadaptation Marie Enfant for hospitalization, they are admitted to the Intensive Functional Rehabilitation Unit (IFRU). Depending on the needs, a rehabilitation professional invites the family to tour the facilities in the event of hospitalization. The visit introduces the family to available services and activities, and informs them on how the Centre operates. Interpreters are available if needed.

  • On the bed
    The rooms are furnished like traditional bedrooms. Children are given the possibility of decorating them with posters and personal items.
  • On the parent
    If a parent wishes to sleep in their child’s room or in the room intended for parents, this is possible by making a reservation.

Scene 2: Therapeutic Activities

Activities allow the children to develop their autonomy according to their age and abilities. At the Intensive Functional Rehabilitation Unit (IFRU), adapted tools are available to make learning easier.

  • On the bath board
    If a child is unable to move, different assistive aids are used to enable the child to move around.

Scene 3: Recreational Activities

Recreational activities (games, outings, parties, crafts, etc.) are organized and supervised by rehab professionals or volunteers. They may have rehabilitation objectives such as developing the ability to socialize with friends. 

Day-to-Day Rehabilitation

Scene 1: Identifying Needs

Following initial contact, therapists meet with the child and the family to obtain more complete information about the difficulties they experience and about their needs. This step allows them to develop an intervention plan, outlining precise objectives to achieve with the child, family members and other people in the child’s environment (ex.: educators, teachers, etc.). This plan comes under review according to the timelines established during its development.

  • On the therapist
    Professionals work in close collaboration with the children and their families. The goal is to help the children achieve autonomy in their daily living activities; to help them maintain the skills they have acquired; to minimize the impact of their limitations; and to ensure their greater well-being.
  • On the teen
    Teenagers are represented by their parents or legal guardian. However, at the age of 14 years, they participate, if they are able to, in their own intervention plan. A preliminary questionnaire and help from a rehab professional are provided to them so as to prepare and favour their participation.

Scene 2: Individual Interventions

Individual interventions are personalized interventions that take place directly with children and their families either at the Centre or in one of the locations in their everyday environment. When interventions take place at the Centre, it is necessary for parents to be present in order to ensure the day-to-day integration of the therapist’s recommendations.

  • On the therapist
    Interventions can take place in the presence of one or several therapists. Interventions are conducted using games or situation scenarios.

Scene 3: Group Interventions

Group interventions are meant for several teenagers who share the same needs. All of the activities aim to improve their social skills (respect, empathy, peer support, etc.), and to prepare them to integrate into group settings in their everyday environment.

  • On the window
    Some rooms have mirrored windows so that parents can observe interventions without the children knowing it. Depending on the needs and the situation, parents can be called in to participate.

Scene 4: Consulting with Medical Specialists

Depending on the needs, the doctor in charge of the program, which the child is registered in, can request consultations in physical medicine and rehabilitation, pediatric medicine, cardiology, orthopedic medicine, neurology, etc. Consultations generally take place at the Centre.

Scene 5: Technical Aids

Depending on their needs, children can benefit from mobility aids (orthosis, prosthesis, wheelchair, etc.), and from communication aids (communication table, computer, etc.). These are intended to compensate for the disability and to enhance their autonomy.

  • On the computer
    To compensate for communication difficulties, technical aids are introduced by rehabilitation professionals and tested with the children.

Scene 6: Areas of Intervention

In order to develop the children’s skills, rehabilitation professionals visit their different everyday environment: home, daycare, school, public places, sports complex, etc. This allows them to equip, guide and support the children, their families and resources in their environment for the pursuit of learning.

  • Young fencer
    In collaboration with their parents and with the support of rehabilitation professionals, young people experience different daily living activities such as: using rides at the park, coordinating their homework, crossing streets, using a bank machine, ordering a pizza, playing sports, participating in leisure activities, etc. 

The Centre’s Facilities (photos)

  1. The Swimming Pool
    The therapeutic swimming pool is heated to 92°F, and has special and adapted equipment. Interventions take place under the supervision of monitors or lifeguards.
  2. Dining room
    Under the supervision of staff in the rehabilitation unit, children who are hospitalized eat their meals in the dining room intended for them. Parents can be present.
  3. Hallways
    Hallways are arranged to make getting around easier as well as to stimulate learning.
  4. Main Entrances
    There are two entrances to the Centre. The main entrance is located nearby a paid parking lot. Parents can take advantage of a reduced monthly rate.
  5. Waiting Rooms
    Waiting areas are arranged for the comfort and well-being of clients. The one located in the basement is equipped with a television and a play area.
  6. Measuring Rooms
    Some rooms are equipped to respond to the different production stages of an orthosis, prosthesis, positioning or wheelchair. Assistive aids are made, as often as possible, according to the child’s taste (color, material, etc.).
  7. Playrooms
    Various playrooms for hospitalized clients are arranged according to their different age groups. Large screen televisions, sound systems, board games, etc. can be found.
  8. Gyms
    Gym rooms are arranged and supplied with specialized equipment that allows professionals to offer quality services to their clients.
  9. Outside Yards
    Outside yards feature green spaces, benches, activity units and picnic tables. One of the yards is arranged in a way that children can experience getting around on different surfaces, for example, in a wheelchair, with a walker or with a cane.
  10. Residence
    The Centre has a residence and respite unit that provides children and teenagers with accommodations that are adapted to their medical and nursing care needs while developing their full potential. 

Family Services (photos)

  1. Food Counter
    Generally opened from 8 am to 1:30 pm, the food counter serves families and staff alike.
  2. Toy Lending Library
    The toy lending library offers toys that are widely sold in stores as well as toys that are adapted to the specific needs of the children. The library is available to children registered with the CRME for a small membership fee. Depending on the needs, therapists along with the family prepare a list of games and toys that could interest and stimulate the child.
  3. Information Resource Centre
    The information resource centre is opened from Monday to Friday from 8 am to 12 pm and from 1:15 to 4 pm. It serves to respond to the informational needs of both professionals and families by making a large number of medical documents, periodicals and over 200 popular works available to them. Access to lending services is reserved to parents with children treated by the CRME.
  4. The Passe-Temps
    Please note that the Passe-Temps is closed.

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Updated on 3/24/2015
Created on 3/23/2015
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