Benefits of working with an interprofessional team for your children

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As a parent, you do everything you can to encourage and provide the foundation your child needs to reach their potential. But what happens if your child is struggling with a developmental or genetic disorder, or mental health concern? What are the common issues to accessing services? How can an interprofessional approach to care improve a child’s outcomes and lessen the stress on parents? The team at Children’s Support Solutions can help.

According to the Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative, interprofessional collaboration is a ‘partnership between a team of health providers and a client in a participatory collaborative and coordinated approach to shared decision making around health and social issues’. Children’s Support Solutions offer a wide range of professional health and learning services for children with differences and their families, including psychologists, behaviour therapists, speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, special educators and supportive personnel. Together, our professionals can connect, listen and work to treat the whole child to improve outcomes and lessen stress for the family.

Common issues to accessing services

When you have a child who is struggling, many of the issues to accessing services may include, but are not limited to:

  • Lengthy waitlists for a number of services
  • Managing a family’s busy schedule and travelling from one therapy appointment to another
  • Coordinating information that you hope is shared between professionals working with your child

Healthcare professionals working in interprofessional teams can best communicate and address complex and challenging needs. This sharing of information may be one of the most important benefits of interprofessional care.

Improve a child’s outcomes and lessen the stress on parents

An interprofessional approach looks like this: 1+1=3. This means that for a child who needs behaviour, speech and occupational therapy, their therapists will work together to create an integrated treatment plan that incorporates all three disciplines. This approach saves the family times and resources and gives the child to best chance to reach their potential.

Our interprofessional approach helps our clients – parents just like you!

My son goes [to Morneau Shepell’s Children’s Support Solutions] for occupational, speech and behaviour therapy as well as preschool and summer camp. He has truly excelled above and beyond anyone’s expectations… We were told he wouldn’t talk and …now he never stops!”

Our latest guide on the benefits of an interprofessional approach to care for children and teens is now available. Download your copy today!

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