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Community Services offers a Parent/Infant Therapy Program, prevention programs for at-risk children populations, as well as brief family counselling adjunctive service. The underlying philosophy of Community Services is the belief that interventions should focus upon the developmental potential, rather than the handicaps, of children with special needs, and that the inclusion of children with special needs in regular settings is an important prerequisite for optimizing their emotional and cognitive growth.

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Lochiel Kiwanis Community Centre, 180 North College St.

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  • » School Community Intervention Partnership (SCIP)

    Lambton-Kent This program is a partnership between St.Clair Child & Youth Services, Chatham Kent children's Services, the Lambton-Kent School Board and the St. Clair Catholic School Board. This program provides mental health intervention to families whose children have been identified as experiencing adjustment difficulties in school.

  • » 0 to 6 Mental Health Program

    The 0 to 6 Mental Health Program provides screening and assessment, specialized parent education as well as support and intervention to young children and their families who are experiencing early onset of mental health difficulties.

    Location:

    Offices at Main Campus - 129 Kendall Street, Point Edward, ON

    Population served:

    Pre-school children and their families from ages 0 to 6

    Referral Procedure:

    Referral Program Main Campus - (519) 337-3701

    Funding Source:

    Ministry of Children and Youth Services and donations

  • » Family Drop-in Program/Ontario Early Years Centre Satellite Program

    A satellite program of the Ontario Early Years Programdesigned to assist at-risk families through the provision of head start nursery school program, parental guidance focusing on child development, parenting challenges, family matters, and available community services. The program conducts a variety of activities in conjunction with other service partners to achieve its mission of early identification and early intervention with childhood developmental and behavioural concerns.

    Location:

    Lochiel Kiwanis Centre, Sarnia, ON (519) 337-7811

    Population served:

    Families with young children

    Referral Procedure:

    No referral required. Families are free to attend during program operation hours.

    Funding Source:

    County of Lambton, Ministry of Children and Youth Services and donations

  • » Outreach Program

    Outreach is a mobile program serving various high-risk neighbourhoods in the greater Sarnia area. Using a community development model the program is designed to assist at-risk families using a "Hostess" approach which seeks to invite socially isolated families to participate in various Outreach sponsored activities and acts a conduit to direct them to useful community supports. The program conducts a variety of activities in conjunction with other service partners to achieve its mission of early identification and intervention with childhood developmental and behavioural concerns.

    Location:

    Office located at Lochiel Kiwanis Centre, Sarnia, ON (519) 337-7811. Program is itinerant

    Population served:

    Pre-school to early adolescence and their families

    Referral Procedure:

    No referral required, families are free to attend during program operation hours

    Funding Source:

    Ministry of Children and Youth Services, United Way and donations

  • » Infant Development Program

    The Infant Development Program provides screening, assessment, and in home support for infants and their families who are at risk of, or have been identified with, delays in development due to prematurity, syndromes, medical concerns, or social environment.

    The Infant Development program also provides mobile early identification and intervention program for infants, toddlers, preschool children and their famililes. It works in conjunction with formal and informal service providers throughout Lambton County providing infant and toddler screening clinics and support to new mothers who may be experiencing Post Partum Adjustment difficulties.

    Location:

    Offices at Main Campus - 129 Kendall Street, Point Edward, ON. Program is itinerant.

    Population served:

    Infant/toddlers/preschool children 0 to 5 and their families

    Referral Procedure:

    Referral Program Main Campus - (519) 337-3701. Families are free to attend clinic operations offered across the County, no formal referral required.

    Funding Source:

    Ministry of Children and Youth Services and donations

  • » Postpartum Adjustment Services

    Life with a new baby involves many joys as well as many changes and unexpected challenges. The Postpartum Adjustment Program offers a range of services to support mothers, fathers and families while they adjust to their life with a new baby. It is our mission to help families thrive and reach their fullest potential during this important time in their lives.

    While most parents experience a range of emotions, 1 in 5 mothers will experience some degree of Postpartum Depression (also referred to as Postpartum Mood Disorders) following the birth or adoption of a baby. Parents experiencing Postpartum Depression may:

    • not feel like themselves
    • feel sad, exhausted yet unable to sleep
    • overwhelmed and unable to concentrate
    • restless, irritable or angry
    • no interest or pleasure in activities they use to enjoy
    • not feel like a good mother
    • feel hopeless, frustrated or alone
    • have repeated scary thoughts about the baby.

    With support, most parents experiencing postpartum depression recover. The Postpartum Adjustment Program can help by providing non-judgmental, individualized and accessible services that include:

    • information on issues related to the postpartum period, including postpartum depression
    • screening for postpartum depression
    • supportive counselling
    • individual and family counselling
    • support groups
    • linkages to other services offered by St. Clair Child & Youth Services such as infant massage, Make-The-Connection, infant development services as well as services offered in the larger community such as Ontario Early Years Centres and Public Health
    • information sessions for fathers, partners, family members and friends
    • advocacy in the community

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    Location:

    Offices at Main Campus - 129 Kendall Street, Point Edward, ON. Services are also offered in the family's home as well as locations in the community.

    Population served:

    Mothers, Fathers and Families who have given birth or adopted a baby who is under the age of one.

    Referral Procedure:

    Referral Program Main Campus - (519) 337-3701. There are no fees related to our services.

    Funding Source: