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Sunny Hill Health Centre provides specialized development and rehabilitation services for children, youth and their families.
Children & families

The children

Children who come to Sunny Hill range in age from birth to 19 years and often have complex medical, physical and developmental needs. Some of the children have conditions affecting physical, motor or sensory development or have acquired brain injury, prenatal exposure to alcohol or other drugs, cerebral palsy, or autism. The unique nature and complexity of their needs may make it difficult to find all the support they need at home or in their community. 

Many children come to Sunny Hill for outpatient assessment and services. Many more in British Columbia are helped through our ongoing Outreach Program. We also use Telehealth, or videoconferencing to connect our health professionals with children and families in remote communites. A few join us for inpatient stays here at Sunny Hill. With each child we focus on promoting his or her healthy development. 

Their families

Just as children are unique, so are their families. We take each family’s needs into account when helping their children. Together, we find family-centered solutions to enable each child to succeed. 

Their communities

Every community has its own strengths to consider when planning the healthy growth of its children. We complement and support community services that have the primary responsibility for providing assessments, planning care, and implementing treatment programs. When children’s needs cannot be met by these primary services in a community, we are brought in through a referral. 

Pediatricians or consulting specialists refer children to us in writing. We work with the children’s families and community service providers to decide the appropriate role for Sunny Hill staff and services. 

Learning & education

Learning & education

Sunny Hill is dedicated to promoting the healthy development of children. We are also a resource for educational services and information about disabilities. Sunny Hill is part of a larger academic health science centre, associated with the University of British Columbia as well as other universities and colleges across Canada. This association gives Sunny Hill the opportunity to take a leadership role in enhancing knowledge and understanding in the field of child development and rehabilitation, and to evaluate and promote innovative approaches to delivering service. 

Sunny Hill's commitment to sharing information with families and to continuing education for health professionals includes: 

Specialty Websites

Sunny Hill has several specialized websites that help to distribute information and promote learning and education. They are: Child Development and Rehabilitation - CDR, Seating and Mobility, Tele-CDR, Walkipedia (Gait Lab) 

Innovative Learning

Sunny Hill uses new technology such as online mentoring via iChat, self-paced learning on the Sunny Hill e-Learning website , and videoconferencing using Telehealth (also see our Tele-CDR page) to provide educational opportunities for both health professionals and members of the community. 

Sunny Hill Education Resource Centre (SHERC)

SHERC an on-site resource library where both families and professionals can learn about developmental disabilities and borrow materials free of charge 

Workshops & Conferences 

Sunny Hill hosts monthly videoconferenced educational sessions - Tele-CDR Rounds - on a wide range of clinical topics. Sunny Hill also organizes the ISS - International Seating Symposium - a bi-annual event that brings together clinicians and educators from around the world on the topic of seating and mobility.

Student information

Over 150 students attend clinics and clinical rotations at Sunny Hill each year.

Sunny Hill trains students in:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Nursing
  • Speech and Language Pathology
  • Audiology
  • Social Work
  • Psychology
  • Medicine
  • Therapeutic Recreation

Students from UBC, BCIT, and other colleges and universities  receive training at Sunny Hill.

For more information on education call Sunny Hill at 604-453-8300 and ask for the team contact for each program. 

Learning & Education

Learning & education

Sunny Hill is dedicated to promoting the healthy development of children. We are also a resource for educational services and information about disabilities. Sunny Hill is part of a larger academic health science centre, associated with the University of British Columbia as well as other universities and colleges across Canada. This association gives Sunny Hill the opportunity to take a leadership role in enhancing knowledge and understanding in the field of child development and rehabilitation, and to evaluate and promote innovative approaches to delivering service. 

Sunny Hill's commitment to sharing information with families and to continuing education for health professionals includes: 

Specialty Websites

Sunny Hill has several specialized websites that help to distribute information and promote learning and education. They are: Child Development and Rehabilitation - CDR, Seating and Mobility, Tele-CDR, Walkipedia (Gait Lab) 

Innovative Learning

Sunny Hill uses new technology such as online mentoring via iChat, self-paced learning on the Sunny Hill e-Learning website , and videoconferencing using Telehealth (also see our Tele-CDR page) to provide educational opportunities for both health professionals and members of the community. 

Sunny Hill Education Resource Centre (SHERC)

SHERC an on-site resource library where both families and professionals can learn about developmental disabilities and borrow materials free of charge 

Workshops & Conferences 

Sunny Hill hosts monthly videoconferenced educational sessions - Tele-CDR Rounds - on a wide range of clinical topics. Sunny Hill also organizes the ISS - International Seating Symposium - a bi-annual event that brings together clinicians and educators from around the world on the topic of seating and mobility.

Student information

Over 150 students attend clinics and clinical rotations at Sunny Hill each year.

Sunny Hill trains students in:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Nursing
  • Speech and Language Pathology
  • Audiology
  • Social Work
  • Psychology
  • Medicine
  • Orthotics and Prosthetics
  • Therapeutic Recreation

Students from UBC, BCIT, and other colleges and universities  receive training at Sunny Hill.

For more information on education call Sunny Hill at 604-453-8300 and ask for the team contact for each program. 

Tele-CDR

Technologies such as Telehealth (videoconferencing) are used to share information with communities around the province and to facilitate information exchange among our community partners. 

Sunny Hill hosts Tele-CDR (Child Development & Rehabilitation) educational sessions on the third Thursday of each month

Sunny Hill also makes good use of videoconferencing in other areas, including clinical teaching sessions to provide direct support to professionals working in remote locations.

For more information on Telehealth at Sunny Hill or to be added to the Tele-CDR email distribution list, contact the Sunny Hill Telehealth Coordinator, Althea Lopena: alopena@cw.bc.ca

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