Niagara Children’s Centre is a rehabilitation (treatment) centre serving children and youth with physical, developmental and/or communicative delays or disabilities. The Centre enables children and youth to achieve their optimal potential within their home, school and community environments.
This is achieved by delivering a continuum of therapeutic supports and services to children and families and by working with our partners to deliver coordinated, integrated and family-centred care.
Niagara's Children and Youth at their Best
Niagara Children's Centre was born out of the vision of Dr. William J. Orr, a local physician who would become the Centre’s founding Medical Director in 1964. The Children’s Centre is now well-known throughout the Niagara region as a leader in providing rehabilitative and support services to children and youth with physical, developmental and communicative delays and disabilities.
The Centre’s family-centred care philosophy fosters programming that aims to help each child achieve their own unique potential to participate in all activities at home, school and in the community. Core services include physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language services, augmentative and alternative communication, family services and therapeutic recreation.
Their facility features an accessible, heated, salt-water pool that provides enhanced opportunities for physiotherapy, occupational therapy and recreation therapy services. A Gait lab, with state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment, provides 3-D analysis of motion with incredible detail to highlight irregularities and inefficiencies in walking patterns. The Centre’s School provides individualized education and therapeutic programming in small group settings to children and youth 4 to 21 years of age with multi- learning and physical exceptionalities.
Niagara Children’s Centre is governed by an 11-member volunteer board of directors who contribute to our vision of Niagara’s children and youth at their best. The Centre employs qualified industry professionals that support our multidisciplinary approach to family-centred care, including physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech & language pathologists, communicative disorders assistants, social workers and recreational therapists. They also rely on a dedicated group of administrative and support personnel to keep the Centre running smoothly and a safe, welcoming environment for families.