Authors Articles by Five Counties Children's Centre

Articles by Five Counties Children's Centre

Five Counties Children's Centre
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Serving children in the counties of Haliburton, Northumberland, Peterborough, and the City of Kawartha Lakes, Five Counties Children’s Centre provides therapy services that assist children who are delayed in their development to build the skills they need in everyday life such as walking, talking, and activities of daily living. For more information, visit
Five Counties is celebrating the start of summer with its gala fundraising event, the Backyard Summer Social, on June 22, 2024. (Photo: Five Counties Children's Centre)

Why Five Counties Children’s Centre’s Backyard Summer Social is much more than fun and...

Annual adults-only fundraiser supports high-demand kids treatment services in Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland, and Haliburton.
Hayley Hodge's new position at Five Counties Children's Centre will help improve the experiences and support for kids, youth, and families who come there for treatment. As the centre's new client and family experience lead, she can draw on her own experiences being a client of the centre as a child. (Photo courtesy of Five Counties Children's Centre)

Hayley Hodges comes full circle at Five Counties Children’s Centre

A former child client, Hodges is now the organization's new client and family experience lead.
Parents Stephen and Victoria are grateful for the speech treatment they received at Five Counties Children's Centre for their four-year-old son Ollie. While Five Counties employs highly skilled clinicians for speech treatment services, parents and caregivers are often a child's best therapist. As they spend the most time with their child, their role in following through at home with the treatment tips and strategies learned through Five Counties is vital to help their child succeed. (Photo courtesy of Five Counties)

Why parents play an essential role in a child’s treatment success

While Five Counties Children's Centre clinicians are highly skilled, children make faster progress when their parents continue therapy at home,
Kawartha Gymnastics coach Nathan (left) gets a smile from two-year-old Mirha as she takes part in a new adaptive gymnastics program at the club. Looking on are Mirha's dad Mansoor and Five Counties Children's Centre recreation therapist Colleen Ristok. (Photo: Five Counties Children's Centre)

Five Counties partners with Kawartha Gymnastics and Peterborough YMCA to offer sports for kids...

Adaptive gymnastics and SPLASH swimming programs geared to young children with varying abilities, exceptionalities, and sensory issues.
Dr. Sean Godfrey (left), pictured with Five Counties Children's Centre CEO Scott Pepin, is a new consulting pediatrician joining Five Counties. He will spend about one-quarter of his time seeing clients at Five Counties sites in Peterborough, Lindsay, and Cobourg and the remainder of his time seeing and supporting children and families from across Peterborough, Northumberland, Kawartha Lakes, and Haliburton at the private medical practice he is establishing at the Five Counties site in Peterborough. (Photo courtesy of Five Counties Children's Centre)

A boost to pediatric care in the greater Kawarthas region is just what the...

Dr. Sean Godfrey will support kids with special needs at Five Counties Children's Centre and also support children and families from across the region.
Fifteen-year-old Kaydance (in wheelchair) stops by Five Counties' Seating and Mobility Clinic with her mom April (standing, second from right) to get her chair adjusted. Also pictured are (standing, from left) Five Counties technician Luke, occupational therapist Kate Jaboor, and seating and mobility consultant Stewart from Motion Peterborough. Crouched beside Kaydance is Five Counties physiotherapist Ange Harrison. (Photo courtesy of Five Counties Children's Centre)

Five Counties Children’s Centre seating and mobility clinic helps ‘prescribe’ inclusion and participation for...

Last year, 77 kids and their families were supported at by-referral clinic that operates at Five Counties sites in Lindsay, Peterborough, and Cobourg.
Five Counties Children's Centre CEO Scott Pepin hands the puck over to Five Counties alumnus Nick Scarr, who prepares to do the ceremonial puck drop before the Cobourg Cougars home game on November 20, 2023, which helped raise funds for the charitable organization serving children with special needs in the greater Kawarthas region. During his time at Five Counties, the centre's augmentative communication team set up Nick with a tablet to help him better communicate. (Photo courtesy of Five Counties)

At Five Counties Children’s Centre, there’s plenty of gratitude to go around every day

For Giving Tuesday, CEO Scott Pepin provides four examples of how giving back improves the lives of children with special needs.
More than 400,000 children in Canada have special needs that may prevent them from enjoying trick-or-treating with their siblings and other children. There are simple ways of making Halloween more accessible and inclusive for kids of all ages and abilities. (Photo courtesy of Treat Accessibly)

Tricks to make Halloween a treat for kids of all ages and abilities

Five Counties Children's Centre shares tips for breaking down barriers for children with special needs.
Five Counties Children's Centre has launched the new SmartStart Hub that aims to more easily connect local families to services to support their child's developmental needs. Here, Five Counties staff members help to promote the different ways families can click and connect to care. (Photo courtesy of Five Counties Children's Centre)

Five Counties Children’s Centre is helping parents more easily access services to support their...

New 'SmartStart Hub' is available to families in Peterborough, Northumberland, Kawartha Lakes, and Haliburton.
Julie Grant, shown holding her son Jude, is a big advocate for more accessible playgrounds and inclusive play structures, like the wheelchair swing at Peterborough’s Riverview Park and Zoo. (Photo courtesy of Five Counties Children's Centre)

Accessible and inclusive playgrounds can benefit all kids regardless of their age or abilities

Accessibility and inclusion break down barriers to play and promote diversity in all walks of life.

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