Specialized Services

Each year, GRIT receives many requests from families to provide Specialized Services programming for their
child, funded through Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD). This enhanced programming is
offered to emphasize parent participation to strengthen family skills and confidence.

GRIT offers Specialized Services Programming supports to families who are or will be enrolled in The GRIT
Program for Program Unit Funding (PUF) and have been approved by FSCD for Specialized Services.

Who qualifies for Specialized Services?

The following criteria are set out by FSCD:

  • The child has a severe disability in two or more areas
  • The child’s level of complexity requires integrated services
  • A multi-disciplinary team recommendation
  • Services are likely to achieve measurable improvements
  • Other supports are not sufficient to meet the child’s needs

What are the goals of Specialized Services through GRIT?

  • To help your child practice skills while learning in play and daily routines
  • To provide support to parents and siblings
  • To enhance parent learning and support
  • To provide positive behavior support
  • Through a blended program of PUF and Specialized Services with one consistent team

What will programming look like for Specialized Services?

  • Parent Power – six week session for parent and child to build on responsive interactions and communications
  • Positive Behavior Support – individual and group support to parents to explore strategies to guide their child’s behavior
  • Coaching Support – to enhance family skills and confidence
  • Natural Routines – structured and unstructured activities in the child’s home and community
  • Intervention Approach – Individualized to child’s needs, blended focus of structured learning and play, family learning
  • Monthly workshops for all parents and staff
  • 11 months of programming support at no cost for families
  • Aide time will be dependent on the approved agreement with FSCD and be determined by the team in consultation with families.

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