Infants and children in Scarborough who require developmental assessment will be able to receive this specialized care faster and closer to home through Scarborough’s expanded Child Development Program.
The larger assessment clinic includes a new Developmental Paediatrician as part of a more robust interprofessional team; and has a new office, centrally located in Scarborough at 2330 Midland Avenue.
Rounding out the team are two Paediatric Neurologists, a Child Psychologist, Social Worker, and several Speech Language Pathologists and Occupational Therapists. Clinic services include assessments and limited speech and language therapy for children who have communication delays, as well as follow-up care for select infants following discharge from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
The expanded program is part of a Scarborough Child Development initiative between The Scarborough Hospital (TSH) and Rouge Valley Health System (RVHS). In collaboration, TSH and RVHS submitted a proposal advocating for the enhanced services to the Central East Local Health Integration Network (Central East LHIN), the regional health authority responsible for Scarborough.
“We appreciate the funding investment and support from the Central East LHIN, which allowed us to expand this much needed program,” said Barb Scott, Patient Care Director of the Maternal Newborn and Child Care program at TSH.
“We are also excited to maintain our partnership with Toronto Preschool Speech and Language Services to provide paediatric speech language pathology services.”
“Scarborough has been underserved for years when it comes to developmental assessment services for infants and children, leading to long wait lists or families being referred outside of Scarborough for care,” said Dr. Peter Azzopardi, Medical Director and Corporate Chief of Paediatrics at TSH.
“Early intervention is crucial for these infants and children if they are to have the best health outcomes. Thanks to added funding, our expanded Child Development Program will accelerate the pathway to care by establishing a diagnosis as early as possible, ultimately leading to a better quality of life for our young patients and their families.”
“This is a huge step forward for paediatric care in Scarborough,” adds Dr. Avril Castagna, a Paediatric Neurologist at TSH who is also involved with the clinic.
“We’re especially excited to welcome our new Developmental Paediatrician. The unique qualifications of this specialist will allow her to perform formal assessments and diagnose delays as a sole practitioner. This will enhance our ability to see many more children and triage them to the appropriate professional on our team.”
“This is a true example of both hospitals coming together to improve health care for the people of Scarborough,” said Dr. Karen Chang, Chief of Paediatrics at RVHS.
TSH’s Child Development Program operates Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit the TSH website.