Children with Special Needs

Some children are born with special needs or a special need is identified as the child grows.

Infant and Child Development Program

The Region of Waterloo runs the Infant and Child Development program. It provides services for infants, toddlers and preschoolers at risk of or experiencing developmental delay.

A range of services are available for children up to age five who:

  • are experiencing developmental issues
  • have health or medical issues
  • have a diagnosed condition

The services your child may receive depend on their needs and may change depending on your preferences and your child's development. Services include:

  • Developmental monitoring services
  • Early intervention services
  • Specialized workshops
  • Support groups
  • Developmental screening
  • Developmental assessment
  • Child development information
  • Linkages to other services

For more information about these services, check the Support for Special Needs Children page.

For more information, please contact us at 519-575-4400 ext 5002 or email Bonnie Holmes

Programs and services for children 0-6 years

The Region of Waterloo Service Pathway Referral List includes programs and services information, for families with children 0-6 years of age with concerns about their child's development including vision/hearing/speech difficulties, mental health or behavioural issues, and/or problems with their teeth or nutrition.

For additional programs and services available to parents and children check the New Parent Resource Guide