Vancouver Island Resources:
Local Resources in BC and Vancouver Island
All special needs:
- B.C. Ministry of Children and Family Development
provides funding streams for therapies and other medical needs for special needs children with a qualifying diagnosis.
Special Needs Support
At Home Support
- Queen Alexandra Hospital
provides several services for special needs children and families, including Orthotics, Prosthetics & Seating clinic for those with orthopaedic or neurological conditions requiring braces, wheelchairs or other mobility equipment, a Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Service (PFSS), an Early Intervention Program for those who qualify, and Vancouver Island Children’s Assessment Network to establish qualification for Ministry programs. Child Youth and Family Mental Health services are also found here. Most of these services require physician referral and have long waiting lists, so start the process early.
- The Children’s Respite Support Society (CRSS)
The Children’s Respite Support Society (CRSS) lists respite resources throughout BC
- Greater Victoria School District
Greater Victoria School District provides special education services
- ACT – Autism Community Training
is a registered not-for-profit society that provides information and training, in accordance with international best practices. Their goal is to enable parents, professionals and para-professionals to support children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder to live productive, satisfying lives within their families and communities. Autism Community If you are new to BC or to autism in BC, start at the ACT manual for BC.
- Canucks Autism Network
provides community-based sports and recreation programs for individuals with autism, and are especially active in the Nanaimo to Duncan area.
- The Autism Support Network (ASN)
is parents helping parents. They maintain a great website of resources, offer a monthly parent class for families new to the autism diagnosis or to BC, and coordinate parent support groups in several areas.
- Autism BC
strives to enhance and improve the lives of those with autism. They assist families and others with navigating the maze of systems in BC, offer education and training for behavioural interventionists, supports community awareness programs, and has a youth to adult transition planning guide.
- (VSCA) Victoria Society for Children with Autism
serves, encourages, educates, supports, and inspires families in Greater Victoria who are living with children on the autism spectrum. VSCA is a charitable organization that holds parent support groups, teen groups and a variety of family activities. Volunteer opportunities here too.
- BC Government
has information about provincial government programs related to autism. They also now maintain the list of autism providers who have been credentialed (RASP list).
General pediatric medical information:
Books about Sensory Processing in Children
- The Out of Sync Child, Carol Stock Kranowitz
- The Sensory-Sensitive Child, Karen A Smith & Karen R Gouze
- Raising a Sensory Smart Child, Lindsey Biel & Nancy Peske
- Too Loud, Too Bright, Too Fast, Too Tight, Sharon Heller
- Sensational Kids, Lucy Jane Miller & Doris A Fuller
- Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome, Luke Jackson, 2002