The child receives a comprehensive assessment that may include:
- a psychiatric assessment and medication review
- psychological testing
- occupational therapy assessment
- speech and language testing
- academic, sensory, and family assessments
- a medical workup with appropriate medical investigation
The child psychiatry team use the principles of trauma-informed care and the engagement model. Using the Attachment, Self-Regulation and Competency (ARC) model the team in collaboration with the family design a client-service plan to promote positive relationship building, self-regulation tools and support and understanding how your child thinks.
Based on the ongoing assessment, interventions may include psycho-education and teaching with the child and family, on topics such as anxiety and anger management, social skills teaching, cognitive behavioural therapy, and sensory and self-regulation strategies.
Interventions may also include family support groups or brief family therapy, medication management, school planning, diagnostic-specific interventions (e.g. autism spectrum disorder, fetal alcohol syndrome disorder strategies), and treatment planning with community providers.
Interventions are focused on assessing strategies that will be most effective for the child and family in their home environment and for supporting the family and community resources required to implement these strategies with the child.
Evening and weekend passes are part of the assessment process and allow the parents/ caregivers opportunities to practice skills they have learned.
While on the unit, individual counselling is provided for each child and there are regular group meetings to help children learn constructive coping and social skills. Children attend a school program with a special education teacher.
Members of the interdisciplinary team review patient progress and meet with parents / caregivers at least once a week to share successes and new knowledge. These conversations help to guide our next steps in working with you and your child. Strategies to support your child are discussed and the program allows opportunities for families to try these strategies during the admission within a supportive therapeutic environment.
During your child's admission there are a number of family education opportunities both within a group setting or with an individual focus.
The average length of stay is 4 weeks.
The pre-admission program provides the child and family with information and support to prepare for the admission. Once your child has been accepted for our program you and your family will be assisted by one of our team members. These members of our team are here to support you during your transition to our program and assist in reviewing our welcome booklet.
Discharge planning begins at admission. The pre and post-care team are available for support and information throughout your child's stay.
As your time with us nears the end, our team will meet with you to share what we have learned about your child and future recommendations. A discharge planning will be scheduled, this will be an opportunity to share our findings with yourself and your community team and to collaborate on a successful transition plan back home.
The Post-discharge Care team are available to provide ongoing support to you, your family and community team.