Therapy Services Resources
When to Refer your child and a quick guide to what we do as pediatric therapists!
When to refer your child to therapy
What does a pediatric Occupational Therapist do?
What does a pediatric Physiotherapist do?
Local Recreation Programs
West Kootenay Early Years Website
Connecting you to community calendars and resources from Nakusp and Kaslo, Nelson to Salmo. Get the up to date information you need on community programs, events and early years advice in one place, whether you are a young family in Nelson, a grandparent on the East Shore or an ECE in Trail. West Kootenay Early Years – the place for West Kootenay families and early years professionals on the go!
For more information refer to the WEBSITE
Financial Assistance for rec programs- Stars for Success
(up to 6yrs)
Stars for Success provides financial assistance to West Kootenay families for kids, up to the age of six, to participate in local sport, art, music, recreation and community programs. Up to $100 is available annually per child. Complete an application form. Drop off, email or fax completed application forms to Stars for Success, 125 Hall Street, Nelson, BC V1L 7B4,
FAX: 250.352.6712 or Email: email@example.com
Aqua Explorers at the NDCC Pool
(3 – 6 yrs)
Does your Preschooler want to come and explore in the pool, while you get a workout? Then this program is for you! We provide children an energetic alternative to daycare for a period of 1.5 hours in the mornings. This program includes a swimming lesson, play time in the water followed by eating your packaged snack, and wind down dry activity. This is a great opportunity for parents to maximize use of other areas in the facility while your child stays active under the care of our swim instructors.
Check out the current RDCK leisure guide HERE
Tumbleweeds Gym at the Civic Centre
(Babies who are crawling up to 4yrs)
Enjoy our indoor play land filled with plenty of opportunities to develop gross motor and social skills. Each week we’ll inflate the gigantic bouncy Tree house and lead seasonal games and activities. Drop by the program for a calendar of seasonal activities. Parent or caregiver should be within arm’s reach of children at all times. Bring a healthy snack and water bottle.
PreSchool Programs (2 to 6yrs)
A Foundation Sport for all physical activity and sports – early participation in gymnastics develops the most fundamental movement skills, physical and motor abilities, mental abilities, social and emotional abilities, and performance skills that carry over into all aspects of life.
Through music, songs and physical activity children interact with others and are introduced to the full variety of apparatus including bars, rope, balance beam and trampoline. Children develop basic motor skills as well as body and spatial awareness while completing circuits, climbing, swinging, and rolling. Basic gymnastics development includes safe learning of landings, swings and rotations in a structured group environment that emphasizes fun and safety.
For more information and for drop in times see WEBSITE
Special Olympics BC is dedicated to enriching the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities through sport. Active Start and FUNdamentals are designed for children ages 2-11, teaching basic motor and sport skills through fun and positive movement experiences. Athletes build physical, cognitive, and social abilities, enjoy positive social experiences through fun play activities alongside peers, and develop self-esteem and a sense of belonging.
Parents/caregivers must participate alongside their young athletes-in-training, and they too benefit from the opportunities to expand their networks and support systems.
For more information see WEBSITE
S.P.E.A.K- Kootenay Kids
S.P.E.A.K – Supportive Parents Educating and Advocating for Kids – is an informal group of parents of kids with special needs. We meet to support each other, share information and resources, and to talk about our experiences with one another.
Please phone Linda Hunter for more info @ 250-352-5546 4-6pm, 3rd Wednesday of each month at the Family Place @ 312 Silica Street
StrongStart BC programs provide rich learning environments designed for early learning development (aged birth to five) – language, physical, cognitive, social and emotional. Qualified early childhood educators lead learning activities where children find opportunity to make friends and interact with others of similar ages.
Find strong start times, and other group times, on the West Kootenay Early Years WEBSITE
Therapeutic Riding- Koot-Neigh
Horses possess motor and emotional, neuro-sensitive stimulation qualities not equaled by a machine. Therapeutic sessions modify traditional vaulting to meet specific goals other than equestrian ones. Basic vaulting positions are taught as are exercises, but many aspects are added depending on the needs of the individual. The sessions are designed to discover and practice new skills, have fun, and improve quality of life. Koot-Neigh is qualified and capable of working with mild to moderate physical, behavioural and cognitive disabilities. We liaise with support staff and family to stay current with client needs as well as gain feedback as to the successes of the sessions. All prospective participants are invited to visit for an evaluation and suitable placement
Equine Therapy- Little Oasis
Uniquely designed equine-assisted program to develop customized learning experiences that focus on enhancing specific skills in participants. Participants are offered the opportunity to work through the program while learning about themselves, their abilities to form relationships and how to contribute to a team.
For more details see WEBSITE
Gross Motor Resources
This is a great little pamphlet on the what and why of W-sitting in children, along with solutions to W-sitting.
Autism Navigator increases the capacity of healthcare and early intervention providers, educators, and families to improve outcomes of young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).