Children's Day Program (CDP)

The Children’s Day program is a tertiary level multidisciplinary diagnostic and therapeutic resource for children in grades 3 to 6 (ages 7.5-12) experiencing severe difficulties in their home, school and community environments. 

 

The Children’s Day Program runs Monday through Friday with a length of stay of approximately five months (flexible based on the child’s needs). Throughout the day, children receive both academic and clinical support within a therapeutic environment. A team of specialized educators and clinical staff collaborate to engage students in interactive, evidence-based activities. 


Interventions are tailored to the unique needs of the individual and group, which include emotional and behavioral self-regulation strategies, Specialized Education, social competence development, and mindfulness training. Family therapy is provided by the team to help develop effective family management strategies, promote positive parent-child interactions, and work towards family-specific goals.


Who is it for?

For children in grades 3 to 6 and their families who need programming that integrates current research with family, professional, and cultural wisdom and values in order to: manage and regulate behaviour and emotions in schools, home, and the community
• Enhance self-worth and social competence
• Strengthen parent-child relationships
 

What is provided:

• Review of clinical needs
• Review of medications
• Evidence-based, family-centred individual and group therapeutic interventions
• Support for transition into schools and the community

Overall Program Framework

Our framework focuses on four key areas:
1. Application of Current Brain Science and Neurodevelopment towards a strengths-based, resiliency approach
2. Reducing Toxic Stress for the child by building upon the strengths of the individual, and family to promote success at home and within the classroom and larger community
3. Effective learning strategies to build success across home, school, and community
4. Trauma-Informed interventions for the children, families, and Children’s Day Program staff

Stakeholders

• Alberta Health Services (AHS)
• Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD)
• Regional Collaborative Service Delivery (RCSD)

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