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 alderwood family development centre

An intensive day treatment program for
children ages 6 to 12 with complex needs

We believe that children and families thrive best in a strengths-based environment. Families are at the centre of services and supports are collaborative, culturally sensitive, individualized and flexible. We are trauma-informed and attachment based.

What we do

Alderwood Family Development Centre offers a school program and day treatment services for children and families with complex needs. We offer a small, supported and structured classroom environment and we provide a range of child and family interventions. Alderwood helps children and their families understand and manage the impacts of their complex needs.

Our team is multi-disciplinary and composed of a developmental pediatrician, psychologist, child and family therapists, teachers, support workers and other professionals providing consultations, assessments and interventions. Parents are an essential part of the team and are included in all aspects of planning, goal-setting and decision-making.

Depending on the specific needs of each child and family participating in the program, services at Alderwood may include:

  • Extensive classroom support and adapted programs that foster resilience, self-regulation, recovery from trauma, and social-emotional development, as well as core academic and school readiness skills.

  • Clinical diagnostic assessment of complex developmental and behavioural conditions.

  • Developmental pediatric care and follow-up.

  • Individual and family therapy.

  • Parent education.

  • Advocacy and support in accessing other community resources and services.

You can expect

  • A school setting that is highly sensitive and responsive to your child’s
    social and emotional needs.

  • Assessment of your child’s needs.

  • Individualized and family-centred planning for your child.

  • An understanding of your child’s strengths and how to build on them.

  • An understanding of your child’s needs and how to effectively support them for success.

  • A safe, supportive atmosphere where you and your child can build trusting and therapeutic relationships.

  • Interventions that help to strengthen families, increase resilience to adversity and stress, and promote healthy child development.

  • Support and access to other community resources and services.

  • Transition planning and re-integration into the regular school system.

Contact us

Referrals are accepted from Vancouver schools, social workers, mental health professionals and other community agencies.

Referral form

(Please download the PDF form in order to fill it out)

Lisa Lowe
2750 East 18th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5M 4W8
Tel: (604) 434 9101

lisa.lowe@childrens-foundation.org