Frequently asked questions.

I have been approved for funding support from Family Supports for Children with Disabilities (FSCD), and understand you provide these services. What are the steps involved in setting up services for my child?

  1. Please contact our Intake Coordinator by filling out the form on our contact page.
  2. A Service Plan will be developed based on the needs described, and could include Behavior, Speech and Language, and/or Occupational Therapy services.
  3. Services can be provided by therapists consulting directly to parents/guardians or through a service delivery model that may include an in-home aide to help support caregivers with the goals for their child.

Where does KCC provide services?

Services are provided to Lethbridge and across Southern Alberta. We provide services in homes, schools and community settings. Individuals learn best in their natural environment and KCC is committed to provide support in those natural settings. KCC has been in operation since July 2008.

How are services funded?

Services are funded through Government Departments (Family Supports for Children with Disabilities, Southern Alberta Family and Child Services), School Divisions, or individual private insurance. Individuals also pay on a fee for service basis.

If I receive government funding for support from KCC, who will work with my family member(s)?

Individuals are assessed to determine their unique needs and then a clinician(s) that is a best fit is assigned. An individual may have 1 to 4 clinicians providing support to the program. These clinicians include: a Behaviour Consultant, a Counsellor, an Occupational Therapist and/or a Speech-Language Pathologist. In addition, an in-home support worker(aide) may be assigned to work with parents/guardians and their child.

How will I be involved in my child’s programming?

Research shows that parents/caregivers involved in their child’s program make holistic gains more quickly than individuals without family support. If your services are funded under an FSCD contract, it is a requirement that parents must be involved in KCC sessions. A Caregiver must be present during all KCC programming.

Does KCC offer treatment groups?

We offer several group opportunities throughout the year, including the summer. They are created based on caseload need and target population (from preschool to youth populations). A variety of skills are addressed including socialization and building relationships, self-help, self-regulation, motor, sensory diet, life skills, and communication.

What type of treatment do you provide for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder?

KCC follows a comprehensive service delivery model that is evidence-based and adheres to established rehabilitative guidelines. Our service delivery model is a person-centered approach that emphasizes learning in natural daily living activities and across environments. KCC follows the philosophy of Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT) for working with individuals who are on the Autism Spectrum. PRT is one of the 11 evidence-based practice guidelines for autism spectrum disorders by the National Autism Center.

Tell me about Individual Play Therapy?

Play Therapy is beneficial for children experiencing emotional or behavioural difficulties in the home, school or community. It provides an opportunity for the child to ‘play out’ their feelings and problems. A child’s self-understanding is one of the goals in this approach. It can be used as the primary counselling approach with children, or in addition to other approaches seen to be most helpful to the child ages 3 and up.

What is EMDR?

EMDR  stands for Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing. EMDR is recognized as an effective therapy that helps desensitize symptoms of stress and past trauma.

EMDR essentially mobilizes the brain’s own healing abilities.

When bad things happen, they happen first to the body, then the emotions kick in, and then the brain starts to reprocess them. You ‘sleep on it’, you think about it, you get support from friends and family, and after some time has passed, while you still remember the negative experience, you no longer feel upset about it. You can probably bring to mind some trauma in your life which you still remember clearly, but which you feel neutral about. You have peace with the memories. This is an example of the brain working the way it should.

Sometimes, however, the reprocessing gets stuck, and you don’t have peace. This is where EMDR comes in; it desensitizes and reprocesses negative memories and issues. EMDR is an excellent way of releasing the pain from the past, to free up your resources for the present and future. EMDR can be successfully used with adolescents and adults and the protocol may be adapted to use effectively with children as well.