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A Message Regarding COVID-19

The Neo Kids Children’s Treatment Centre reopened in July to a limited number of scheduled in-person visits at our main site. Our focus at this time is on children and youth  who require an in person visit. We continue to provide virtual visits for all other clients.  Above all else, we are taking care to ensure the safety and wellbeing of you (our clients) and our staff. Currently, only a client with a pre-scheduled appointment and one accompanying caregiver will be admitted to our buildings. Every staff, client, family member, and visitor must be screened prior to being admitted into the centre.

Our plan for in person visits could change, should circumstances change with the pandemic. The number of clients we can safely offer in person appointments to is limited. This is due to strict requirements for physical distancing and the amount of treatment space and Personal Protective Equipment supplies we have available. You will be provided instructions explaining what to expect during the visit.

The past several months have seen unprecedented strains on clients, families, caregivers and staff alike. Throughout this time, staff have worked hard to find new and safe ways to provide supports, resources and service. These have proved to be safe, efficient and can provide appropriate and effective treatment options that minimize the risk of infection. Be assured, we will also continue to offer virtual care options into the future.

With schools reopening, our planning  has  now turned towards how in person services will be offered in the schools, community (e.g. child care centres)  and in our rural areas. We have worked with our staff , our Infection Control Program and our community partners to develp protocols  for how our services can  be delivered safely. We welcome feedback from our families  on your experiences with our new service delivery model.

Please stay safe and stay tuned,  as we continue to  evolve in our provision of essential rehabilitation services for the children,  youth and families  during this pandemic.

Joanne Tramontini, Clinical Manager

a Photograph of the Children's Treatment Centre team.

Who We Are

Health Sciences North's NEO Kids Children's Treatment Centre is a family-centred community-based rehabilitation facility providing assessment, treatment, consultation and education to children and young adults with motor and communication impairments.

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What We Do

The NEO Kids Children's Treatment Centre strives for the best quality of life and health for its clients by enhancing their self-esteem and facilitating their function, independence and community participation.

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Who We Serve

The NEO Kids Children's Treatment Centre offers services for children aged 0-19. Some programs continue up to age 21. Healthcare professionals provide pediatric rehabilitation services in Sudbury and rural areas in the Sudbury Manitoulin District, including the communities of Sudbury East, Manitoulin Island, Espanola,  Chapleau and the 144 corridor. 

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Government of Ontario makes historic investment in child development and rehabilitation

This is an amazing day for Ontario families. The government is making an historic investment in the child development and rehabilitation sector of $240 million over four years to address wait lists for pediatric rehabilitation and child development, making sure kids get services in a timely way. The NEO Kids Children’s Treatment Centre will be receiving funds to help address its lengthy waiting lists. Today 80,000 kids are waiting for treatment across the province.  This funding will enable providers to increase staffing, develop new models of service aligned with families’ expectations, and increase programs that support families and family engagement.

“The biggest concern that  our families have expressed over the years has been the length of time that they  have had to wait for services” says Joanne Tramontini, Clinical manager of the NEO Kids Children’s Treatment Centre.  “In some programs, waiting lists have exploded and wait times can be several years, which is not acceptable. We know that early intervention is key to positive outcomes for children. The additional funds will allow us to reduce wait times. We are excited and very grateful for the new funding.”

“Empowered Kids Ontario-Enfants Avenir Ontario (EKO) and our members greatly appreciate the financial support announced today in the 2021-22 provincial budget by Minister of Finance Peter Bethlenfalvy,” says EKO CEO Jennifer Churchill. “This is a profound investment that ensures the high-quality care kids and their families deserve will reach more kids and significantly reduce wait times.”

Ontario’s child development and rehabilitation agencies across the province provide services and programs, including core rehabilitation therapies—physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech language therapy—to more than 150,000 kids every year, at home, in schools and in the community.

This will allow our members to see more of the kids who are waiting for all levels of service—whether they need only a few visits or many visits to help them achieve their goals.

“On behalf of our sector, we thank the Government of Ontario for this meaningful support, and for ongoing efforts to address the urgent treatment needs of kids with disabilities and their families,” says EKO Chair Penny Smiley.

The funding addresses an increasingly urgent gap between the time a child may miss developmental milestones and when they enter service. This funding will enable providers to increase staffing, develop new models of service aligned with families’ expectations, and increase programs that support families and family engagement.

“We want to acknowledge the investment in capital and how important these providers are to their communities,” adds Churchill. “We’re thrilled to see that the government is making sure community-based providers are able to welcome kids and families and provide care in facilities that enable leading clinical practice.”

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