We at Agoo are here for you
Agoo Family and School services are dedicated to promoting the optimal development from children, from when they are in their mother’s womb to 18 years old. Our services include support, intervention skills training, prevention, evaluation and therapy. We believe in quality collaborative acare. Having children and families serviced under one roof allows us to work together on a interdisciplinary team, having all professionals and doctors sharing their expertise and working with your child on the same intervention plan.
We are deeply committed to the children we serve and to all children, who will benefit from the advancement of knowledge, training, and therapeutic services.
We offer our children’s parents, the professionals and institutions that serve them optimal support, latest academic research and an understanding of the profound effect of childhood relationships and mental health.
We offer free confidential phone consult for parents to help guide them to the right services.
For more information please contact our Family & School Services Clinic:
450-687-6888 ext 113
A neuropsychology evaluation allows children to obtain a full psychological evaluation (academic, cognitive, developmental, socio-emotional and behavioral). It focuses on how brain function may affect a child’s daily activities and behavior, allowing for appropriate coping measures to be established. It allows an understanding of neurologic, neuropsychiatric and/or learning problems and can also be required in order to diagnose an autism spectrum disorder. A full evaluation is conducted at the clinic, using the latest evaluation tools.
There may be times when your child has difficulty expressing or dealing with emotions. Your child may be facing difficulties with their social interactions or they may be struggling to cope with school demands and everyday life (anxiety, incontinence, constipation, improving food sensitivities (“picky eating”), behavioral difficulties). If you have any concerns regarding your child's behavior that you feel have had a negative impact on your family or child’s life, our experienced team of psychologists can offer your child personalized therapy. Each child will have a tailored therapy plan pertaining to their specific situation and their objectives/goals. The main approaches used by our psychologists are cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and acceptance & commitment therapy (ACT). The psychologist and child will work towards achieving these objectives and goals to assure long-term well-being.
Psychotherapy is a therapeutic intervention which utilizes a variety of techniques and methods to help children and adolescents who are experiencing difficulties with their emotions or behaviour. Communication, playing, drawing, and pretending are used as a tools for bringing about change in feelings and behaviours.
The psychoeducator works with people who are coping with adaptation issues reflecting on their behavior. They aid in self-confidence and self-regulation through self-control and self-calming. Individuals are evaluated through systematic observation, various questionnaires and standardized tests. They evaluate various issues and offer unique solutions to those individuals. They offer efficient and rigorous intervention plans for children and their family that may or may not be diagnosed with Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) and Language Impairment and anxiety.
The psychopedagogist's approach is to advocate for children and their families, help them build emotional intelligence and learn skills they may be lacking rather than focusing on the behavior they may be exhibiting. We offer a specialized form of individual and group intervention for the 21 st Century Learner focused on self-management, self-awareness, decision-making skills and relationship skills. Psychopedagogists work closely with the family, the school and the child that may or may not be diagnosed with Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) and Language Impairment and anxiety.
SPECIALIZED LEARNING SERVICES (ORTHOPÉDAGOGIE)
The main goal of these services is to assess and intervene with children who suffer from learning disabilities in multiple academic areas. Such an evaluation consists of identifying the child’s learning disability, as well as overall knowledge and cognitive processes in order to allow the children to develop their autonomy. They also take into account other factors, such as family and school to provide appropriate intervention plans.
Our services in social work offer problem-solving strategies and communication techniques for children, adolescents and parents developed in a collaborative approach with the child’s milieu (community, daycare, school). The social worker collaborates with families and children experiencing a life crisis such as a loss or separation. Support and coping skills are introduced to the family. In addition, co-parenting and Positive Parenting Programs are offered individually or in a group setting to meet the growing needs of childhood development and to promote healthy parenting styles. The service is also offered at home, school and daycare and emergency appointments are available.
Audiology screening is performed at the clinic for babies aged 0 to 1 year old in order to detect congenital hearing loss. It can also be performed as of the age of three (3) into adulthood. If a child presents speech, language, communication or developmental delays, they are referred to an audiologist as soon as possible in order to rule out the possibility of a hearing loss. If a hearing loss is diagnosed, parents are given information and strategies in order to procure accurate therapy and correct resources for treatment (ENT specialist if surgery is deemed necessary or hearing aid specialists). Central Auditory Processing (CAPS) Disorder testing is performed for students that have difficulty processing the information they hear; there is a disconnect between what is heard and what is understood by the child. CAPS testing is administered for children aged seven (7) and above.
SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY
Speech-language pathologists use a variety of speech therapy techniques to improve a child’s ability to communicate. Speech-related difficulties can include concerns about not speaking at all, stuttering, pronunciation or voice. Language-related difficulties can include concerns about vocabulary, grammar, comprehension and social-emotional expression. A speech and language pathologist works with a child one-on-one or in a group, using activities and exercises targeted to their specific needs. Speech-language pathologists can help by assessing children to determine if their speech and language skills are appropriate, providing play-based intervention, parent strategies and resources. This service is offered outside the clinic as well; at home or school and daycare visits.
For babies, the physical therapist determines the reasons behind the motor developmental delay whether it is a difficult delivery, a premature birth or an abnormally high or low muscle tone. Pediatric physical therapists also work with all children and adolescents. They can evaluate and treat problems related to sports injuries, chronic pain as well as develop a treatment plan for rehabilitation after a surgery or a fracture.
Our occupational therapists help children develop their independence in daily life tasks by improving child’s everyday skills (referred to as their “occupation”). There is a focus on self-care, school readiness, play skills, fine and gross motor skills, school performance, sensory processing, social and emotional regulation. Children with and without developmental delays acquire confidence and day-to- day skills. This service is offered outside the clinic as well; at home or school and daycare visits.
Our nutritionist provides an individualized approach to health and wellness across the entire lifespan. A holistic evidence-based approach is followed to coach children and their parents achieve their health goals.
Art therapy is a branch of psychotherapy. The goal is to facilitate the expression of difficult thoughts and emotions felt by the child or family members, and can then be used as a remedy for conflicting situations. Art therapy can be used as a diagnostic method to unload the conscience, to aid in communicating non-verbally and to reach self-realization.
We provide a unique experience that will help to shape an individual in every way possible considering all the services that are provided in our clinic. With help and supervision, Agoo will ensure that you learn each profession and their roles and how they come together as one. Lastly, you will also learn how these services are crucial towards children with specific needs. This program will not limit you to learning solely about one profession, but rather allow you to gain diverse knowledge of more than what you expected. Agoo will also be there to mentor you and help guide you create programs and/or projects that allow you to get hands-on experience with the children that come for their visits. Volunteers are also welcomed in this program.
Children’s needs are assessed by qualified speech and language pathologists, psychoeducators or occupational therapists who determine whether the child’s difficulties are significant and persistent. If so, the child will then be accepted into the program and weekly sessions will begin with the specialized educator. Our main objective is to offer support for the children; we want to make sure their needs are being met to the best of our abilities. A little support can go a long way.