Program Description

  • The Rural Program provides community-based programming to outlying areas including Manitoulin Island, Espanola/Massey, Chapleau, and Sudbury East.
  • Speech and Language services (excluding Sudbury East and Espanola/Massey) Physiotherapy, and Occupational Therapy are provided by the NEO Kids Children’s Treatment Centre (CTC) in conjunction with Children’s Community Network (CCN). 

Eligibility and Admission Process

  • Children between the ages of 0 to 19 (21 if still enrolled in school) are seen on a consultative basis, at local clinics, homes, in the local school setting. If more intensive block programming is required, the use of an intervention worker can be accessed.
  • Local service coordinators (CCN) complete the intake process upon receipt of a referral.  Referrals are then directed to the appropriate therapies.
  • If possible, services are provided in French and English.
  • There are waitlists for all therapies, which vary throughout the programs, and referrals are prioritized based on need and  not date of referral.  Waitlist times can be shared by service coordinators at the time of referral.
  • There is no cost for the program.
  • Equipment suggestions may be made by your therapist, who will suggest funding options.

Frequently Asked Questions (Program Specific)

Can parents attend the session?  
Parents are active members of the child’s therapy team, and are strongly encouraged to be part of their child’s therapy assessment and programming. 

Can service be provided in schools?

Are other services involved?
Yes.  Services including Infant and Child Development Services (ICDS), Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), North East Local Health Integration Network (NELHIN), may be involved.