COVID-19 Related Updates & Resources
In order to optimize the safety of the children and families we serve, and our staff, ErinoakKids will be offering all services virtually, with limited exceptions, until at least February 10, 2021. On-site services will be limited to urgent medical, and rehabilitation appointments, and urgent audiology appointments, including Infant Hearing Screening.
When appointments for in person services resume, please take note of the following procedures and requirements that have been put in place to help ensure the safety of clients, families and staff:
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- Please do not come to any ErinoakKids location unless you have an appointment.
- Everyone entering our sites will be screened prior to admittance.
- All adults must wear a mask while they are on site. Children ages 2 and older are required to wear masks, if possible.
- Please arrive on time for your appointment. Appointment end times are fixed, due to COVID cleaning protocols, so late arrival may mean a shortened appointment, or, if there is not sufficient time remaining for therapy/treatment, the appointment may be cancelled (certain clinical services appointments may be rescheduled).
- Only one parent/caregiver may accompany a client to his/her appointment.
- Everyone will be required to follow posted safety procedures at all times.
- We continue to offer a comprehensive range of virtual services, as well as in person services.
Most Recent Update
January 7, 2021
ErinoakKids will be offering all services virtually, with limited exceptions, until at least February 10, 2021, in alignment with the province’s enactment of stay-at-home orders and related emergency measures. On-site services will be limited to urgent medical, and rehabilitation appointments, and urgent audiology appointments, including Infant Hearing Screening.
We are committed to the safety of the children and families we serve, and our staff. Please continue to visit our website for updates.
Autism Services Related Updates
December 16, 2020
Virtual (Only) Autism Services Continue at Brampton Site Until Further Notice
December 1, 2020
Autism Services at Brampton Site to be Provided Virtually (Only) For Now
Video For Children and Youth Returning to In Person Autism Services
Limited on site Applied Behaviour Analysis services are being offered in a 1:1 format at our Mississauga and Oakville locations. To help children and youth with autism prepare for the enhanced safety measures at our centres, we encourage parents to watch this video with their child or youth:
Infant Hearing Program Updates
Infant Hearing Check
On Tuesday, August 18, 2020 the Ontario government announced funding to support a Hearing Check for babies who did not receive newborn hearing screening due to COVID-19. Understanding how important the Infant Hearing Program is to the development and wellness of infants, parents whose infants did not receive the newborn hearing screen can now have their baby’s hearing checked. The Hearing Check will be available for babies who:
- are more than 2 months of age
- have not received a hearing screening
The Hearing Check, which is designed for slightly older infants, is very similar to newborn hearing screening. It is designed to identify babies who need to be referred on to an audiologist for additional hearing testing. The Hearing Check will be available in audiology clinics in the following communities: Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo, Oakville, Mississauga, Brampton and Orangeville. Parents will be contacted in the next few weeks and offered a Hearing Check appointment.
Read more about the Infant Hearing Screening Program at ErinoakKids.
Infant Hearing Program
Click here to read the latest information for parents on Newborn Hearing Screening and the Hearing Check during COVID-19. It explains how the Central West Infant Hearing Program, serving Halton, Peel, Waterloo, Guelph/Wellington, and Dufferin, has been impacted by the pandemic and answers some questions parents of newborns may have.
Temporary Changes to SSAH, Enhanced Respite and Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities (ACSD) Programs
The Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS) has announced that expenditures deemed admissible for the SSAH, Enhanced Respite and Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities programs are being temporarily expanded to accommodate activities, services and supports that can be purchased by program recipients and their families while at home. This is being done to better support the health and well-being of program recipients and their families while physically distancing. These temporary changes are effective immediately and will remain in place until further notice by the MCCSS. For full details on these changes, please visit MCCSS’ website.
What to Expect When Visiting ErinoakKids Now
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Canadian COVID-19 Information Resources
Find the latest information about COVID-19: definitions, cases, information guides, etc.
Peel Region COVID-19 site
Kids Poster on Hand Washing (PDF)
How to self isolate (PDF)
Child Development Resource Connection Peel (Emergency childcare for essential workers)
Halton Region COVID-19 site
Government of Canada
Vulnerable populations and COVID-19 (PDF)
Reduce the spread - Wash your hands (PDF)
Public Health Ontario
Public Health Ontario site
How to self-monitor (PDF)