Making a difference to children by ‘Partnering for Change’

It is truly rewarding to see the positive impact the Partnering for Change (P4C) initiative is making, thanks to an innovative partnership among Central West CCAC, Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant CCAC and education partners in the Central West and Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant (HNHB) regions. Through P4C, we are bringing Occupational Therapists right into the classroom to work alongside teachers to identify and support children with developmental needs.

It is also gratifying when such great work is recognized. This week, Central West CCAC was featured in a story on CTV News Toronto, showcasing how P4C is helping so many children.

Traditionally, children who are referred for occupational therapy (OT) may have to wait years for services that are ultimately ineffective because the assistance comes too late and is not provided in the right place – at home or in school. And access to existing school health support services varies greatly across Ontario. With the help of the P4C model, we are able to provide OT support more effectively and screen thousands of children for special needs sooner than under the current referral system.

Through the support of CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research at McMaster University – as well as the Peel District, Halton District, Hamilton Wentworth Catholic District, Dufferin-Peel Catholic District and Upper Grand District school boards – P4C is making a difference in the lives of children, parents and teachers alike.

Early intervention and capacity building programs like P4C provide tremendous benefit to the community. In the last two years, P4C has supported more than 17,000 children in over 700 classrooms and eliminated wait lists for service – at no additional cost – in the Central West and the HNHB Local Health Integration Networks (LHIN).

Michelle Kristof is one of the thousands of parents, whose children, Bobby and Claudia, receive support through the program. She spoke with CTV Toronto about how P4C has provided her children with timely care – support that otherwise would have taken another two years.

Hearing first-hand from parents like Michelle about their positive experiences with the program further validates that the P4C model is working. P4C has already been adopted in more than 60 schools and others are expressing interest.

Of course, all of this has been made possible because of the outstanding people we work with. Thank you to the P4C team for the incredible work in leading this initiative and the entire CCAC team for your commitment to continue delivering on our vision – Outstanding Care – every person, every day!

To watch the CTV Toronto news story, please click here.


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