Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy

What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational Therapists (OTs) work with children and their families to help improve skills and participation in daily activities. These activities may include feeding, self-care, playing, and fine motor skills such as printing or cutting with scissors. OTs also help when kids are having difficulty getting themselves calm, alert, and ready to learn, play and/or interact with others.

Who is eligible for Occupational Therapy?
Children living in Brantford, Brant County, Haldimand County, and Norfolk County are eligible for Community Based Rehabilitation Services (CBRS) from birth through to their 19th birthday. Currently, services may be provided at our main location in Brantford, and/or at our satellite sites located in Simcoe, Caledonia, and Dunnville.


Reason for Referral

0 - SK

Grade 1-3

Grade 4+

Play Skills,

Hand Skills, Grasp,

Printing Skills,

Dressing, Self-care





 May be eligible for  SBRS





Depending on needs, may be HCCS services in Haldimand/

Norfolk counties




 Depending on feeding needs, may be eligible for HCCS and/or SBRS services


NO if referral is for picky eating

Bathing, Positioning, Equipment, Home accessibility


YES – child requires new/upgrade of equipment and/or

positioning, bathing supports in the home


NO - if needs are in school environment: SBRS referral


NO -  if child/youth currently involved with HCCS services


Sensory Processing Skills, Self-Regulation Skills


NO -Refer to SBRS


Outpatient Rehab Post Injury or Illness


HCCSS = Home and Community Care Support Services;    SBRS = School-Based Rehabilitation Services

What can I expect?

Once a referral to Community Based Rehabilitation Services (CBRS) has been completed, your child will be placed on an assessment waitlist.  When your child’s name gets to the top of the list you will be contacted to book the first appointment.  Often you will be asked questions over the telephone to provide your therapist with updated information and ensure your OT is aware of your child’s strengths and interests as well as areas of need.

Your first appointment may be a face-to-face assessment or a parent/caregiver interview, where a follow-up observation may occur in a natural setting such as home, school or daycare.  The type of assessment depends on the child/family’s main concerns, the reason for the referral and is determined by where your child fits best within our care pathways.  The OT will review findings, develop goals with you and will determine the best plan of intervention for your child following our care pathways.

Service may include parent education sessions, group programming and/or “individual sessions” that are more focused to target your child’s specific goals.

For further information about Outpatient Occupational Therapy at Lansdowne Children's Centre, or to initiate a referral, please contact:

Central Intake
519-753-3153 ext. 206

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