The following are a list of resources that may be helpful. Please note that Hand Skills for Children is not responsible for the contents of any of the websites listed.
Learning Disabilities of Toronto
The Learning Disabilities of Toronto is a not-for-profit organization that provides programs and support for children, youth, and adults with AD(H)D and LDs. We have four locations for various programs: Etobicoke, North York, Scarborough and the Beaches. Our programs include: Friendship club, Smart Kidz Tutoring, Keyboarding, Assistive Technology, YMCA Youth Group and our
Young Adult Group. All of our programs are designed to encourage and increase the confidence of our participants. We reach this goal through providing them with support, guidance and understanding.
March of Dimes Canada offers a unique rehabilitation program named Conductive Education®, designed to help children with neurological motor disorders who may be delayed in reaching their developmental milestones. Our professionals who facilitate the classes – called conductors – work with parents and children to provide support, knowledge and empowerment to develop skills for everyday living.
Parents will learn how to continue to facilitate gross and fine motor skill development with their children in class and at home through fun and engaging activities they may never have imagined doing with their child.
March of Dimes Canada
10 Overlea Boulevard
Doriann Shapiro, Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, RSW
Ms. Shapiro is a Clinical Social Worker/ Therapist (MSW, RSW). With more than ten years of experience in the field she has worked with individuals and families coping with a wide range of concerns. She has experience in mental health and addictions, grief/loss, stress management, trauma, ADHD, ASD and parenting related issues.
Ms. Shapiro has a special interest in helping parents to address behavioural, emotional, physical or mental health concerns in a child/youth. She supports parents and other family members in understanding and responding to a new diagnosis and has experience with assisting parents in navigating services at school and in the community. Fees are covered by most extended health plans.
Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario
The Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario is a charitable non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children, youth and adults with learning disabilities.
The Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus Association of Ontario
The spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus Association of Ontario provides an essential range of services for parents, families, youth and adults living with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus. Their programs are rooted in the principles of self-help and personal support. In addition support and information for professionals in social services, medical, health, and education is available.
Since 1974, Geneva Centre for Autism has been a leader in developing and teaching the most effective techniques for those affected by Autism/P.D.D. The Centre delivers services to enhance the lives of children and adults affected by Autism/P.D.D.
CanChild is a centre for childhood disability research that seeks to maximize the quality of life for children and youth with disabilities and their families.
This is an excellent website with pictures and instructions for parents who are looking for OT suggestions for activities at home for a variety of skills. Tracy Leroux is a pediatric OT based out of Hermanus, South Africa.
Dance Ability Movement
Occupational Therapists and Dance Instructors to offer inclusive dance classes out of community studios. Originating in Milton ON, they are now offering classes in Toronto.
Purple Carrots Drama Studio
Inclusive Summer Drama Camps specializing in children, youth and adults with different learning abilities. Building Connection and Communication Through Drama.
It may seem strange to post the services of a DJ on our website, however, this young man with special needs has a special place in our hearts. He has come a long way and the staff at Hand Skills for Children is extremely proud to post his flyer: