School Years Program



School Years at KidsAbility

It takes a village to help shape a child’s future!

The KidsAbility School Years program is changing in order to be responsive to the needs of all children with special needs! We’re beginning with our current 4 and 5-year-old clients. Our new School Year’s program will provide resources, workshops, services and community participation support for children and youth with a wide range of special needs. Stay tuned to our website for details on our new services or call our Intake line to find out services are right for you.

Upcoming Workshop (Open to Everyone):

Understanding the Sensory World Around You (USWAY)

USWAY is an education workshop, presented by an Occupational Therapist and developed for parents/caregivers of children that are experiencing sensory processing difficulties. Professionals who would like to learn more about sensory processing are welcome to join as well. The workshop will provide you with an understanding of our senses, explain how we typically react to sensory experiences and provide some general strategies on how to cope with sensory experiences in everyday life. Register through Eventbrite by clicking on the link below.

Regulate to Communicate Education Workshop

Regulate to communicate is an education workshop, presented by a KidsAbility Occupational Therapist, and Speech-Language Pathologist. It is developed for parents/caregivers of children who are struggling to focus for learning, and are in the early stages of communication. This workshop will provide information on how to read body cues, and implement appropriate calming and/or alerting activities so that children may feel more “ready” to learn. We will also share strategies to help facilitate engagement, and develop early social communication skills.

  • Waterloo Site: Tuesday, December 10 | 6pm-8pm


New Clinics:

Starting in October, we will be offering new clinics for KidsAbility families with children ages 4-5 (born in 2014 or 2015). These clinics will include:

  • School Years Sensory Clinic: Occupational Therapists will provide parents/caregivers with strategies so that they can support their child, who has sensory processing difficulties, participate in their daily activities at home and in the community. If your child has significant behaviours or emotional responses to sensory input by becoming overwhelmed, distressed, or difficult to engage in daily activities, this may be the right service for you.  Clinics will be offered in November at our Waterloo, Kitchener, Cambridge and Guelph sites.  

  • School Years Check-In Clinic: An opportunity to “check-in” with an Occupational Therapist (OT), Physiotherapist (PT) or both regarding concerns you may have about your child’s physical functioning. This clinic is for clients who have met with an OT or PT at KidsAbility in the past regarding a physical concern. Clinics will be offered starting in October at our Waterloo, Kitchener, Cambridge and Guelph sites.

  • School Years Funding Clinic: An opportunity to meet with a Social Worker for a brief appointment for guidance on accessing funding and community supports related to your child's special needs.

  • School Years Adapted Bike Day: For families who have tried an adapted bike through our equipment loan program or are interested in exploring whether an adapted bike will meet your child's needs.  This is an opportunity to meet with a Physiotherapist and bike vendors to try out an adapted bike and to begin the process of purchasing your own bike.  

  • School Years Recreation Consults: For parents/caregivers who would like information on community-based recreation, sport, and camp programs as well as specialized supports that will help your child to participate.  You will receive an email or phone call from a Recreation Therapist with information and tips on helping your child to participate.  

  • School Years Picky Eaters Clinic: An opportunity to meet with an occupational Therapist (OT) to address food selectivity (picky eating) and problem eating.  The goal is to provide individual consultation to families who are facing mealtime struggles related to their child’s narrow diet. Families may receive:
    • Resources and information regarding how to promote feeding skills.
    • Community resources and other professionals/ services that may be helpful for your child, as applicable


Clinics Eligibility Criteria:

Specific eligibility criteria apply for all of these clinics. To find out if your child is eligible:

  • If you are connected to a KidsAbility Therapist and receiving services, speak to your Therapist
  • If you are new to KidsAbility or not currently receiving services, call our intake line: 1-888-372-2259 ext 1214.