The BC Centre for Ability contributes leading-edge knowledge and expertise to the study and practice of enhancing social emotional competencies of children with special needs.

Children who have atypical neurological development or other cognitive or physical development needs may experience additional challenges with their emotions and ability to relate socially to others.

Recognizing this, we work with families, service providers, and professionals to provide information, tools, interventions, and resources to ensure that every child has an opportunity to be successful at life.

Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones provides opportunities to enhance the social and emotional development and mental wellness of children, youth, and their families. Services are provided to children and youth with neuro-developmental conditions, and their families, who live in Vancouver, Richmond, Burnaby, or the North Shore.

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Social Emotional Enhancement Development (S.E.E.D)

Social Emotional Enhancement Development (S.E.E.D) is a three-year demonstration project, with partial funding from the Government of Canada’s Social Development Partnerships Program-Disability Component. The project provides evidence-based resources and training for families, schools, and community service providers in promoting the social emotional competencies of children and youth with disabilities.

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FASD & Key Worker Support Services

FASD & Key Worker Support Services are provided to children and youth up to 19 years of age, and their family caregivers, residing in Burnaby. Services include parent support and education, family networking, skills training, and community resources information for those with a probable diagnosis of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder or Complex Neuro-developmental Behavioural Condition.

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Social Work for Early Intervention Therapy

Social Work for Early Intervention Therapy provides support to those raising a child with special needs. Using a family-centred approach, the social worker assists families in accessing resources and enhancing their skills and confidence to meet the needs of their child and family. This service is for families with preschool children receiving therapy services at the Centre.

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Counselling & Coordination Services for Adults

Counselling & Coordination Services for Adults is a fee-for-service program that provides wrap-around support to adults with disabilities. Through coordination of services and supportive counselling, the program works to instill confidence and enhance positive coping skills for an independent and fulfilling life.

Contact Valerie Upton, 604-451-5511

Family Counselling Support Services

CYSN Family Counselling Support Services aim to support your families’ positive coping skills and to strengthen families’ ability to support your child with extra challenges to develop social-emotional competencies. We work with families through theirgrief and loss in light of a new diagnosis, life transitions, and caring for one or multiple children with complex medical needs.
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