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Infant-Parent Program

The Infant-Parent Program provides a variety of services to children 0-30 months old and their families. Our team includes infant-parent specialists, a psychometrist, a psychologist, and a speech-language pathologist. Services include:

  • Parenting workshops
  • In-home sessions with Infant-Parent Program clinicians
  • Developmental assessments
  • Consultation with a speech-language pathologist
  • Newsletters and information about other services and resources

8 Session Workshops (sign-up required)

Our free 8-session workshops for parents/caregivers of children under 6 years old are run several times each year. Snacks, prizes, transportation assistance, and limited free childcare are available.

To register: Please visit the MCH Community Education website and then click on the registration form for the Infant-Parent Program at the bottom right of the screen. You will be prompted to share some contact information and the workshop you are interested in. If you would like more information or assistance filling out the form, please contact ipp@hhsc.ca or 905-521-2100 ext. 77406.

COPEing with Toddler Behaviour

In this 8-session workshop for parents of toddlers 12-36 months old, you will have an opportunity to watch video clips, learn about parenting approaches and strategies, and discuss these issues with the leaders and other parents.

January 16-March 5, 2020
9:30 am-11:30 am
Niwasa Kendaaswin Teg EarlyON Child and Family Centre
785 Brittannia Avenue, Hamilton

Tuesdays April 28-June 16, 2020
6:00 pm -8:00 pm
Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre
325 Wellington Street North, Hamilton

Right from the Start

In this 8-session workshop for parents of infants under 24 months, you will have an opportunity to watch video clips, learn about reading and responding to your baby’s cues in order to foster infant attachment security, and discuss these issues with the leaders and other parents.

January 18-March 14, 2020 (no class February 15 for Family Day)
9:30 am-11:30 am
Today’s Family EarlyON Child and Family Centre
44 Greendale Drive, Hamilton

Thursday from April 2-May 21, 2020
9:30 am– 11:30 am
OEYC Hamilton East, Sanford Site
735 King Street East, Hamilton

Circle of Security Parenting

In this 8-session workshop for parents of children 1-6 years, you will have an opportunity to watch video clips, learn strategies to enhance the parent-child attachment relationship and improve child behaviour, and discuss these issues with the leaders and other parents.

February 25-April 21, 2020 (no class March 17 during March Break)
6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre
325 Wellington Street North, Hamilton

Saturdays from April 25-June 13, 2020 (no class May 16 for Victoria Day long weekend)
9:30 am – 11:30 am
Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre
325 Wellington Street North, Hamilton, ON

Other Services (referral form required)

To participate: Please fill out the Family Referral Form and fax (or deliver) it to Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre. You are able to fill out this form as a parent/caregiver. If a professional such as a teacher or healthcare provider would like to refer your child, please use this referral form.

Attachment Guidance

You will meet with a clinician in your home. Using videotaping, you will learn ways to develop a close relationship with your baby. This helps them develop well. This intervention is for parents who have trauma in their history.

Watch, Wait and Wonder

You will meet with a clinician in your home. You will work together to understand how interacting with your child builds a good relationship. This helps them develop well.

Home Visits

You will meet with a clinician in your home. You will work together to identify goals related to your child’s development or your family, and strategies to meet those goals. Toys, books, videos and equipment will be available on loan from your clinician.

Developmental Assessment

You and your child will meet the psychometrist in the clinic for testing. The developmental assessment compares your child’s development with that of other children of the same age, helping to identify your child’s strengths and abilities, as well as skills that may need special attention. At another meeting, the psychometrist will share the results of the assessment with you.

Speech/Language Consultation

You and your child will meet with the speech-language pathologist to identify your child’s communication needs and discuss recommendations.