While various therapies (psychological, speech, occupational and physiotherapy) are available through the public system, the wait time can often be long. This delay can be very harmful for children waiting for therapy, when early intervention is key. On the recommendation of the social worker, the Foundation will pay for certain therapies when there is no support through the public system.
Youths in difficulty generally have lower scholastic achievement than the general population. Factors such as psychological stress, learning disabilities, frequent moves, family disorganization, and children’s maladaptive behaviour can all contribute to learning delays, some of which can be remedied by tutoring. Financial support is offered to help these children succeed academically.
Sports & Activities
Therapeutic activities such as sports and cultural activities, or special events have also proven to be beneficial to children and youth in difficulty, The Foundation funds activities recommended by the social worker to improve communication skills, self-esteem, social development, mental and physical health, to name a few. For families assisted by social services, activities provide the chance for positive interaction between parent and child, which bonds family members and strengthens unity. Also, separate activities provide a break for both parent and child, which reduces stress in the home.