Assessment Services for Pre-School Children
Background and Mission
Background and mission
In 2014, with the assistance of McKinsey and Company, The Miriam Foundation undertook a study to understand current available services for autism spectrum disorder (ASD), intellectual disabilities (ID) and global developmental delay (GDD). The study highlighted some significant service gaps. The Miriam Foundation developed a plan to address them in order to improve services offered throughout lifespan for families and individuals living with ASD, ID or GDD. This is how the See Things My Way Centre for Innovation was born.
One of the findings from the above study was that over 1000 Quebec children were waiting up to 3 years for a diagnostic evaluation, which is tragic. We knew that we needed to act.
Thanks to the generosity, compassion and vision of the Marcelle and Jean Coutu Foundation, the See Things My Way Assessment Centre, an interdisciplinary evaluation centre for young children, opened its doors on March 23rd, 2015. Our first priority is to help eliminate the current waiting lists in Montreal for pre-school children in the public sector healthcare centres requiring evaluations for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Global Developmental Delay (GDD), and/or Intellectual Disabilities (ID).
Our mission is two-fold: 1) to offer the highest quality assessments that meet the particular needs of each of our families, and 2) to serve as a model to be replicated in the broader community, in and beyond Quebec.
We have established partnerships with public sector healthcare evaluation centres in Montreal so that they can refer preschool age children (5 and under) to us who are currently on their wait lists.
We offer assessments in both English and French as well as continued support for families during and after the assessment by our Family Support Coordinator. Our families are followed by our Family Support Coordinator, even after the evaluation is complete, until they have access to the services they need in either the public or private sector.