The E-Newsletter of the Children's Inclusion Support Services
Survival Techniques for Parents/Guardians
Organize your life using agendas and calendars.
Use resource libraries (e.g. CISS library, CHEO library, particular associations).
Use documents such as All About Me of the Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) and Intake Form of the Ottawa Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) to communicate information about what the school board really needs to know about your child when entering school.
Join parent support groups like Walking in My Shoes (WIMS).
Take advantage of the City of Ottawa’s Recreational Programs for children with special needs (For more information check for the Recreation Guide at Ottawa.ca).
Maintain a positive relationship with the staff at your Early Learning and Care Program.
Check with your benefit plan as it may cover some of the cost for a private assessment with a professional such as a psychologist, psychiatrist or speech-language pathologist. Enquire first if a referral from your family doctor is required.