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Referral Guide for Children with Developmental Concerns – Ages 0-4 Years

For Ottawa Residents

Click here to download a printable version of the information from this page.

Presentation

Speech and Language Difficulties

  • + suspect ASD/GDD/CP* = Refer to: OCTC + Audiology*
  • + no concerns about ASD/GDD = Refer to First Words + Audiology**
  • + medical (trach, cleft palate, new brain injury) = Refer to CHEO SPEECH + Audiology** 

* ASD = Autism Spectrum Disorder, GDD = Global Developmental Delay, CP = Cerebral Palsy
** Consider including a referral to Audiology Services

Feeding Difficulties

  • + suspect ASD/GDD/CP = Refer to OCTC
  • + no concerns about ASD/GDD = Refer to CHEO OT
  • + medical (trach, new brain injury) = Refer to CHEO OT + SPEECH

Motor Difficulties

  • + suspect ASD/GDD/CP = Refer to OCTC
  • gross motor only = Refer to CHEO PT
  • fine motor only = Refer to CHEO OT
  • + acute medical (brain injury) = Refer to CHEO OT/PT

Unusual Sensory Responses

  • + suspect ASD/GDD/CP = Refer to OCTC
  • no other concerns = Refer to CHEO OT

How to refer

First Words / CHEO Occupational Therapy (OT) / CHEO Physiotherapy (PT) /CHEO Speech 

  • Call: (613) 737 - 7600 ext.2500
  • Fax referral to: (613) 738 - 4893

Ottawa Children's Treatment Center (OCTC)

  • Download referral form. Click on “Programs and Services” >> “Intake Services” >> “Intake Referral Form” on far right of the page.
  • Click here to find referral form.

Note

  • If the child’s presentation is complex, contact OCTC Intake at (613) 737 - 0871 ext.4425
  • Please refer to only one organization for any given child. Intake will redirect, if needed.
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