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Special Needs Resourcing (Every Child Belongs)

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The Every Child Belongs model is a City of Toronto service that partners with The George Hull Centre and other Special Needs Resourcing Agencies to provide extra support for children in licensed child care settings.

Special Needs Resource Consultants assist childcare providers to effectively meet the needs of children with special needs up to the age of 12 years old. Consultants are experienced professionals with skills in early identification, programming for children with special needs, and problem solving. Consultants use a variety of strategies including observation, role modeling, and hands on training. Screening tools are used to identify specific developmental needs and guide recommendations to promote inclusion.

Program services may include program plans for individual children, classroom program consultation, customized workshops for providers and parents; or larger information sessions on specific topics geared towards working with children with special needs.

This service is intended to enhance staff knowledge and build capacity to promote with successful inclusion of children with extra support needs.  To access a Special Needs Resource Consultant, please contact the supervisor of the child care centre your child attends,

For further information about this program, contact Lynne Gregory, Program Manager, at 416-394-4635 or lgregory@georgehull.on.ca.

Angelique is a three year old who had a very hard time managing her emotions and behaviour, both at home and at her child care centre.  Her parents were concerned about her but were hesitant to seek out support, as they worried about the impact of labelling their daughter.  The Special Needs Resource Consultant was able to work with the family and the child care centre staff at their own pace, offering support and reassurance, and assisting everyone to put the strategies and routines in place that would help Angelique.  Everyone agrees that things are so much better, both at home and at the centre and that they are better able to understand and support Angelique’s needs.

Each year, our Special Needs Resource Consultants provide consultation to over 60 children like Angelique, providing their families and their child care centres with customized support and strategies that helped make sure that they were able to learn and grow to best of their potential.

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