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Occupational therapy 0-5 years

Occupational therapy services are targeted at children aged 0 to 5 presenting delays/difficulties in their daily activities, in their gross and/or fine motor skills, in their perceptual abilities, or with sensory integration difficulties.

How do I access the services?

Occupational therapy is offered following a medical referral, a referral by a health or social services professional, by a community partner or at the direct request of a parent, according to the following eligibility criteria: 

  • The application must be received by March 1st of the year prior to starting kindergarten for 5 year-olds
  • The user must reside within the territory of the CISSS de l’Outaouais
  • The user must not have been diagnosed with certain conditions (a physical disability (PD), an intellectual disability (ID), an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or certain genetic syndromes).

Contact your CLSC’s social services.

What should I expect?

The service is offered at your local CLSC following a needs assessment, and based on available resources. Depending on established needs, a follow-up ranging from 6 to 8 meetings (single-discipline needs) or comprising a total of 20 meetings (multidisciplinary needs) is offered. Depending on the orientation:
• In the single-discipline case, the service is offered by an occupational therapist.
• In the multidisciplinary case, the child is seen by a multidisciplinary team with occupational therapy, speech therapy and psychoeducation specialists.