Infant and Child Development Services Niagara

Most babies and young children grow and develop normally with loving handling and attention, good nutrition and time for play. Some, for a variety of reasons, do not. Infant and Child Development Services is a free home visiting program for families with children experiencing or at risk for developmental delays.

An Infant Development Therapist will work with you and your family to:

  • Assess your child's development
  • Design learning activities to enhance your child's skills (e.g. tummy time moves)
  • Demonstrate which toys promote child development
  • Link you to community services and resources that will help your family
  • Support you in setting learning goals for your child

Your participation is an essential part of this program. Positive interactions between you and your child are fun and will help your child learn new skills.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Children who may be developing more slowly than expected
  • Birth or medical problems
  • Genetic disorders
  • Prematurity
  • Hearing and/or visual impairments
  • Twins
  • Children must be under five years of age

Parents inquiring about Infant and Child Development Services can contact the Parent Talk Line.

If your child does not meet the criteria for this service, we will attempt to provide information for other services that may be available.


Referrals can be made to Infant and Child Development Services by pediatricians, family physicians, public health nurses, social services and community agencies. Parents must be informed of any referral made to this program.

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