We provide children and their family rapid access to a community resource based on family needs and resources. The location of the service depends on the analysis of the child and family needs, and the family resources, as well as resources available in that geographic region.
Looking for help to pay for treatment or therapy? Financing options or programs may be possible, based on the analysis of your child and family needs and resources.
Treatment or therapy service fees in the private sector follow market standards, ranging from about $60 to $200 per hour, not including travel costs, if any. Fees depend for instance on the number of years of professional experience, educational level, expertise, as well as other factors such as the type of service offered. Treatment or therapy is not always the first part of the child and family plan through the Connection Kick Start© program. Sometimes, the first line of contact is, for example, with a parent educational resource or a financial program. The choice is made by each family, in collaboration with the Buds in Bloom® Companion, according to needs and resources of each child and family.
By opening a file at Buds in Bloom®, the team Connection Kick Start© is able to connect you to appropriate help resources, while your child and/or family waits for specialized services in the public sector.
The children and their family who benefit from our services are waiting for a specialized service in rehabilitation, health, special education, sport, leisure or recreation. Our children are infants or young children with difficulties such as a(n):
- Risk for developmental or academic challenges
- Developmental delay
- Autism spectrum (ASD, PDD, Asperger Syndrome, PDD-NOS)
- Attention deficit disorder with or without hyperactivity (ADD or ADH-D)
- Learning disability
- Intellectual disability
- Premature birth
- A mild, moderate or severe physical disability
- Down syndrome or other syndrome
- Dyspraxia or developmental coordination disorder (DCD)
- Dysphasia, or language or speech impairment
- Dysphagia or difficulty eating or swallowing
- Cerebral palsy
- Spina bifida
- Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)
- Another childhood development challenge or neurodisability.
Community resources for children may be to help with needs and weaknesses in one or more of the following development milestones:
- making friends, socializing, communicating, interacting with others, playing or being understood
- caring for self, feeding, swallowing, eating, dressing, undressing, washing, toileting, or doing daily tasks at home, at daycare or school
- focusing during meals, for homework, in class or with friends
- walking, jumping, running, climbing, throwing, catching or pumping a swing
- pointing with fingers, playing with toys, manipulating objects with hands, or holding a pencil
- drawing, writing, or composing
- constructing block buildings, or doing puzzles
- reading, mathematics, etc.
Community resources for families may be to help with social-emotional support, learning about childhood development, being connected to financial resources to name a few examples. Each family has different help needs.
Following receipt of the two completed application forms, to open a file, we can determine your eligibility for Connection Kick Start© and, when eligible, design and provide rapid access and connection to at least one community resource that matches your child and family needs and resources.
For a great start in getting rapid access to a community resource, register your family today.
Designing Connection Kick Start©, a Personalized Program
Once the preliminary steps are complete, the child and parents are connected to one or more community resources. Thus, before the family is connected, the personalized Connection Kick Start© program is designed, block by block, in collaboration with the family.
First, a Companion of Buds in Bloom®, trained volunteer skilled in child and family matters, analyzes the two application forms to highlight needs and resources of the child and family.
Then the Companion designs a personalized Connection Kick Start© program to contain one or more of the following components: treatment or therapy, financial programming, social-emotional support, educational workshop, community program, etc. The components are selected based on the needs and resources of the family, and the availability of resources within the geographic region of the family.
Next, parents meet with the Companion no later than two months after the opening of the file. During this initial Connection Kick Start© Meeting, the Companion presents to the parents the designed Connection Kick Start© program, to obtain their agreement, and determine, when necessary, the order in which the family will be connected to each of the recommended resources. The Companion also considers the importance of the family balancing time, finances and beliefs about community resources for their child and family.
Families meet with the Companion for up to three months at a frequency chosen together (i.e., weekly, bi-monthly, monthly or periodically). All meetings with the Companion are help by telephone or online conferencing (e.g., Zoom)
If treatment or therapy support is chosen as part of the program, and financial resources are available, a first service that the family may be connected to could include evaluation and treatment by health care or education professionals in the private sector. This connection will depend on needs, resources and availability. Possible treatment or therapy service may be one of the following:
- medicine (MD)
- occupational therapy (OT)
- speech-language pathology (SLP)
- special education
- another service such as a workshop or course for the family.
The fee for service follows market standards when in the private sector.
In summary, Buds in Bloom® offers connection services to community resources that can meet child and family needs. Connection Kick Start© is individually designed, and can consist of a range of specialized services for children, their parents and their family.
Starting the Connection Kick Start© Program
Our promise is to connect the child and family to at least one community resource based on child and family needs and resources. The first connection is a result of the Initial Connection Kick Start© Meeting between the parents and the Buds in Bloom® Companion. Other connections may follow, one at a time, as appropriate. In some cases a fee may be assessed for additional connections. Please inquire during your Initial Connection Kick Start© Meeting.
End of a Connection Kick Start© Program
The end of the program is determined by the parents with the Companion, and lasts a maximum of three months. If an extension is requested by the parents, an additional fee may be assessed.
The family, may at any time, withdraw from any part of the program. If this is the case, we would appreciate you contacting us in order to complete a short questionnaire explaining the reason for your decision. We strive to partner with families to give each family the chance to bloom today.
A follow-up by Buds in Bloom® may be made some time after the beginning of the Connection Kick Start©, to evaluate your appreciation of the care your child and family is receiving from our Team, and from providers we connect families to. Your opinion is important to the continued improvement of our commitment to high quality services.
After Connection Kick Start©: Digital Storytelling
Towards the end of the Connection Kick Start© program, families will be made aware of an opportunity to voluntarily participate in a facilitated Digital Storytelling process with other families.
This process is optional and held entirely online (i.e., by Zoom). Families with similar lived experience participate in Digital Storytelling, and engage in a process of creating and sharing their stories in the form of two-to-four-minute videos. Our goal with this process is for family members to have the opportunity to reflect on their experience, both on their own, and in relation to other families, to gain new insights, and ultimately to feel heard, honoured and validated.