Niagara Children’s Centre was born out of the vision of Dr. William J. Orr, a local physician who would become the Centre’s founding Medical Director in 1964. The Children’s Centre is now well-known throughout the Niagara region as a leader in providing rehabilitative and support services to children and youth with physical, developmental and communicative delays and disabilities.
The Centre’s family-centred care philosophy fosters programming that aims to help each child achieve their own unique potential to participate in all activities at home, school and in the community. Core services include physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language services, augmentative and alternative communication, family services and therapeutic recreation.
Their facility features an accessible, heated, salt-water pool that provides enhanced opportunities for physiotherapy, occupational therapy and recreation therapy services. It also features a Gait lab, with state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment, provides 3-D analysis of motion with incredible detail to highlight irregularities and inefficiencies in walking patterns. The Centre is also home to its own school program provides individualized education and therapeutic programming in small group settings to children and youth 4 to 21 years of age with multi-learning and physical exceptionalities.
Niagara Children’s Centre’s impact has been felt by families in the region for generations. This is achieved by delivering a continuum of therapeutic supports and services to children and families and by working with our partners to deliver coordinated, integrated and family-centred care.
The Centre’s 2021-22 statistics provide a snapshot of their impact:
- 6,557 children served
- 2,442 new referrals
- 47,849 visits
- 79,576 hours of service
Check out their Annual Report to learn more about their impact on children and youth with physical, developmental and communicative delays or disabilities.