Childhood development

Resources for families with special needs

It’s a horse, of course: equine therapy

The horse simulator was created at Rice’s Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen, where students have all the resources they need to design and build projects. Here, students Jaime Gomez and Amy Ryu prepare to test their device, intended … READ MORE

The Ability Hub

The Ability Hub is an initiative of The Sinneave Family Foundation. At The Ability Hub we are working to enhance Life for people living with Autism Spectrum Disorder through Innovation, Partnerships and Support. Our work is focused on … READ MORE

Children with medical complexity in Canada

The burden of chronic disease is placing pressure on the Canadian health care system. A small but important chronic disease population is children with medical complexity, defined as individuals with: high family-identified needs; … READ MORE

Without limits: Kids with special needs

Holding hands and interacting with her loved ones is another way Emily enjoys spending time. Leah Hennel, Calgary Herald. For thousands of Calgary children, access to a good education, sports opportunities and exposure to the arts are … READ MORE

The power of music for special needs kids

Dylan Whitley, 16, who has been diagnosed with Autism and septo-optic dysplasia loves music. His keen ear, pitch perfect voice and talent for musical jingles keeps JB Music therapist Max Wood on his toes. Christina Ryan, Calgary … READ MORE

Horses sooth the soul for special needs kids

The healing power of equine therapy. A pink-haired teenager painted two pictures on the side of her massive, living canvas. First, the girl drew a picture of a broken heart and a horse. Then, she used the paint to sketch a person and … READ MORE

iPad opens world to a disabled boy

OWEN CAIN depends on a respirator and struggles to make even the slightest movements — he has had a debilitating motor-neuron disease since infancy. Intuitive nature of technology. By Emily B. Hager, The New York Times October 29, … READ MORE

Fitter legs linked to a fitter brain

Polka Dot Twins, 1952. Harold Feinstein. Identical twins in Finland who shared the same sports and other physical activities as youngsters but different exercise habits as adults soon developed quite different bodies and brains, … READ MORE

Claiming a disability tax credit

Claiming a disability tax credit? Expecting an income tax refund? Invest the refund from the Disability Tax Credit in a Registered Disability Savings Plan to receive a grant from the federal government. Contact Steven Williams … READ MORE

Do you have a child with special needs?

Five things to know about parents of children with special needs. Alberta Health Services and the Children’s Link Society invite you to attend our 2016 Preschool Resource Fair. Preschool programs and service providers will be … READ MORE

2016 Adapted bike registration now open

Register for the 2016 Adapted Bike Clinic $50 Membership entitles you to the use of a custom-fit bike for a year! Cerebral Palsy Kids and Families has hosted the Adapted Bike Clinic in Calgary for over 15 years. The Discovery … READ MORE

Health benefits: Coverage, access and service

Health benefits coverage with public health and private insurance plans Save money with your public health benefits coverage. Braceworks is an approved provider with Alberta Aids to Daily Living AADL Workers Compensation Board WCB … READ MORE

AFO friendly footplates for pedals

Spring Tune Up! Footplates for tricycles and bicycles, including installation provided compliments of Braceworks. No charge – call to schedule service for your bike. Lightweight and durable footplate design. Available in small, … READ MORE

Fee for Pectus Brace in Alberta

The Calgary Protocol: bracing for Pectus carinatum The Pectus Brace is a cost-shared benefit insured by Alberta Aids to Daily Living (AADL). With AADL, patients are responsible for 25 percent of the total cost of the device up to a … READ MORE

IDEAS Calgary

The IDEAS group was formed as a means of providing multi-disciplinary services to children and their families. Of the eight people who started IDEAS in August 1992, Karen McIntosh remains as the director. New associates have been … READ MORE

Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta

The Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta (CPAA) offers programs to people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities that provide essential social interaction and healthy activities in nurturing environments. Six years old Ruby Owen … READ MORE

Cause and Effect Foundation in Calgary

Cause and Effect Foundation is an Early Intervention Program committed to delivering individualized programming to each child within their natural environments including preschool, home, and community. Programs and services promote … READ MORE

Children’s Link Society

Staffed by parents that have been there, The Children’s Link Society is Calgary’s first and only special needs connection. Whether newly diagnosed or struggling through critical life events, our service connects parents with the … READ MORE
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