Provincial Outreach Programs
Various professionals from other health facilities in the province travel to Kamloops to provide children and their families specialized services through outreach clinics.
These clinics and programs include:
- Seating and Mobility Outreach
- Assistive Technology Team Outreach
- Visual Impairment Program Outreach
- Early Hearing Program
- Autism Diagnostic Program
Seating and Mobility Outreach Clinic
The seating clinic provides assessment, review and fitting of seating and mobility devices. This equipment includes wheelchairs, seating systems, walkers, standing frames and other devices. Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and professionals from the Sunny Hill Health Center for Children work with the families and caregivers to ensure that each child is provided with the most appropriate positioning and mobility equipment required to meet his/her needs. The clinics are held twice a year and take place at the centre. Each child’s equipment continues to be checked and reviewed on an ongoing basis by our therapists.
In order to be seen by Sunny Hill Health Centre for the Seating and Mobility Outreach Clinic, a referral from a physician is required.
Assistive Technology Team Outreach Clinic
The assistive technology and augmentative communication clinic provides assessment and trial of technology devices that can help children to better communicate, to have access to power mobility, to access their school work, and to control things in their environment. These devices might include communication boards, switches and joysticks, computer software, keyboards, mice, trackballs, etc. Occupational Therapists and Speech Language Pathologists from the Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children assess the technology needs of the children involved, and let the children try some of the equipment. These clinics are held twice per year, and take place in the child’s natural environment (home, school, preschool, or at the centre). The therapists from our centre help to implement the technology into the child’s daily routine, and continue to review their needs on an ongoing basis.
In order to be seen by Sunny Hill Health Centre for the Assistive Technology Team Outreach Clinic, a referral from a physician is required.
Visual Impairment Program Outreach
The visual impairment outreach program provides assessment and education about the learning needs of children with visual impairment who are not yet in school (i.e. under age 5). The vision consultant from the Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children spends time with each child and family in their natural environment (home, daycare, preschool), assessing the child’s abilities and skills, and listening to the parent’s concerns and questions. He/she then provides suggestions and education to the child’s team about the best ways to encourage the child’s learning and daily function. The outreach visits happen twice per year. Therapists and support staff from our centre help to implement the suggestions from the vision consultant into the child’s daily routine, on an ongoing basis.
In order to be seen by Sunny Hill Health Centre for the Visual Impairment Program, a referral from a physician is required.
Early Hearing Program
For information about how the BC Early Hearing Program works with children in our region, please click here.
Autism Diagnostic Program
For information about how the Interior Children’s Assessment Network works with children in our region to assess for Autism Spectrum Disorders, please click here.