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Access Team

Are you concerned about a child or youth’s development?

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The CHEO access team takes effect on November 5, 2018.

The CHEO Access Team directs families and physicians to the correct care and treatment for children and youth.

Make a referral 

Download a fillable copy of the Access Team referral form. You will need this form when requesting services from the Access Team.

Please fax completed form to (613)-738-4841 or by mail to CHEO Access Team, 395 Smyth Rd, Ottawa, ON K1H 8L1.

Make a referral to the new Ontario Autism Program

To make a referral to the Ontario Autism Program as of April 1, 2019 please contact the Ontario Autism Program Central Intake and Registration team. If you have questions about other programs or services that your child may be eligible for or benefit from at CHEO you can contact the CHEO Access Team.


The CHEO Access Team is for those with complex needs. It is for children who have missed important developmental milestones like sitting or talking, or children and youth who have complex physical and cognitive health issues.

The CHEO Access Team is also for children and youth with simple rehabilitation needs, like temporary treatment after a sports injury. And, it is even for families who may need a break from caring for their child or youth with complex needs. 

Some of the services included: Social work, autism diagnosis, care and respite, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, recreation therapy, behaviour services and the First Words Preschool Speech and Language Program.

See the frequently asked questions about the Access Team.

Visit the Development and Rehabilitation page more information about this department and their services.

Visit the CTC page for more information about our Children's Treatment Centre services.

If your main concern is about your child’s speech and language skills you should use the First Words Communication Checkup. 

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  • (613) 737-2757
  • 1-800-565-4839


  • (613) 738-4841
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