HOW WE CAN HELP
Our mission is to help children in the Comox Valley reach their highest potential. Find out how we can help you.
We help children in the Comox Valley who have developmental delays or who just need a bit of extra help. We can help their families and teachers, too.
All children develop at their own pace, but if you have questions, please call and ask. Please call us to see if any of the services we provide would be a good fit for your child.
INDIVIDUALIZED SERVICE PLANS
We build a personalized plan for every child we work with, made up from one or more of our services.
The strength of the Comox Valley Child Development Association is the many services that work together to help children. We do this by creating an individualized service plan, or ISP, for each child.
WHAT IS AN ISP?
An Individualized Service Plan (ISP) is unique to each child. The parents and the team of professionals create a plan for the documentation of needs, concerns, and to emphasize the personal priorities of the child or youth.
ISPs are goal oriented. Major areas of focus are cognitive, communicative, social/emotional, physical/medical, and adaptive development.
They’re structured for success. It begins with assessments to insure that the roadmap to the individual’s goals begins where your child currently is. The goals are broken down into short‐term goals or objectives that, as accomplished, provide the skills needed to work toward achieving the goals.
Each plan is supported by the team and the staff that work with the child. Individualized Service Plans promote independence by supporting the child, the family and the agencies involved.
ISPs are outcome-oriented. Each team member knows how and what they are expected to do to support the child in reaching their goals. The team is also responsible for evaluating and revising the plan, as necessary.
The plan is across domains. This means that the goals are worked on and carried to the child’s various environments so there is uniformity of expectations wherever the child may be (home, school, or community).
Finally, an ISP provides the supports to make the difficult possible. Working toward the possible takes time, repetition and patience.
Several community groups use the CVCDA building as their home base. The “Comox Valley Autism Family Support Group” and the “The Preemie Support Group” are two of our regulars.
AUTISM PARENTS SUPPORT GROUP
A SUPPORT GROUP FOR FAMILIES IN THE COMOX VALLEY WITH CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM.
The CV Autism Family Support Group provides support to families in our community who have children/young adults on the autism spectrum. The group offers monthly meetings with a community of parents who mentor and share their experiences. Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every month at the Child Development Association in Courtenay.
There is no official diagnosis necessary to join our group. If you have a need for support surrounding autism then we are here! We offer peer support to parents/caregivers in a non judgemental confidential atmosphere.
Find out more on the Comox Valley Autism Support Group website.
GRANDPARENTS RAISING GRANDCHILDREN
A SUPPORTIVE GROUP FOR GRANDPARENTS TEMPORARILY OR PERMANENTLY RAISING THEIR GRANDCHILDREN.
This group is a innovative partnership between the Comox Valley Transition Society and the CVCDA to provide support to grandparents who are either temporarily or permanently raising their grandchildren.
Raising grandchildren can be overwhelming at times. Often it helps to know that you are not alone. This group is free, confidential and can provide support and information about resources available.
If this group might fit your needs, please contact Lee Bjarnason at the CVCDA local 223.
PREEMIE SUPPORT GROUP
The support group hosted bythe Comox Valley Child Development Association provides support and guidance to the families of babies born prematurely (preemies). If you would like more information about this group and the times that they meet, please contact Michele Walls, Infant Development Consultant. 250-338-4288 ext 222