What is Social Work for the Early Intervention Therapy Program?
Social Workers for the Early Intervention Therapy Program at the BC Centre for Ability offer services to children with developmental concerns or disabilities, and their families. Social workers work collaboratively with speech-language pathologists, physiotherapists, and occupational therapists to support families through the psychosocial and emotional aspects of caring for a child with special needs, in order to increase their ability to participate in family and community. When social work services are requested by the family, social workers will become a part of the therapy team.
Who Do We Serve?
We serve families of children from birth to 5 years of age who have physical, neurological, intellectual, or developmental disabilities and reside in Vancouver, Burnaby, North Vancouver, West Vancouver or Richmond.
Why is Social Work Important?
Social Work for the Early Intervention Therapy Program is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of families and communities. Our Social Workers are committed to helping families achieve their best possible level of personal and social well-being by addressing parental and child concerns to help build capacity, increase coping, learn about resources, and facilitate development of formal and informal support networks. Social Workers also provide education and information that assists with key transitions and support healthy adjustment. Social workers are registered with the BC College of Social Workers at http://www.bccollegeofsocialworkers.ca/
What Do We Offer?
Using a collaborative approach, Social Workers develop a service plan to best support children and families. This plan is based on family concerns and desired outcomes and is written with measurable goals so that over time achievements are demonstrated.
Service may include individual consultation in person or by telephone, and education through groups and workshops and other related activities to build community capacity.
Social Work for Early Intervention Therapy may be requested by families who have interest in consultation and support in the following areas: