Life Links services offer planning support and programs to youth and their caregivers related to the progression from paediatric to adult services.
Life Links services are available to youth 9 years of age (grade 4) up until the end of the year when they turn 18 years of age. Youth over 18 years of age and actively enrolled and attending high school education, are able to continue accessing Life Links services until their 21st birthday.
Services are available for age eligible youth who have a confirmed, primary diagnosis of a physical, communication, or developmental delay who are presenting with significant barriers to daily functioning and participation.
Who We Are:
The Life Links team is made up of specialists that work collaboratively to provide the best possible support for youth and their families. The Life Links team includes:
- Recreation Therapist
- Occupational Therapist
- Social Worker
- Program Assistant (Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)/ Physiotherapy Assistant (PTA))
What We Provide:
The Life Links team can help with:
- Developing and assessing goals for the parent/ caregiver and youth based on the 6 F’s Framework: Family, Friends, Function, Fun, Fitness, and Future.
- Developing a transition plan to include recommendations, strategies, and information to best meet client/ family-identified goals and dreams for the future.
- Assisting with linking youth/ family to other services and community supports.
- Determining youth/ family priorities for goal development as they approach puberty, high school, and adulthood.
- Providing group programs that encourage independence, health, and wellness.
Examples of programs offered include:
- Restaurant Roamers—a different dine-in restaurant each week as we learn about money, budgeting, and proper restaurant etiquette.
- Job Jedis—getting ready for the working world through resume preparation and volunteer opportunities.
- Wellness Wednesdays—exploring community resources while learning how to enhance and maintain physical health and mental wellness.
- Snack Attack—putting our culinary skills to the test with different recipes each week meant to encourage independence in the kitchen.
- Parent Information Sessions—topics have included accessing adult services, estate planning, IEP/IPRC process, funding, and puberty.