How can I make a referral?
A referral can be made by contacting 403-524-2522 and speaking with our Intake Coordinator who will provide you with more information about our services. In addition, the Intake Coordinator will support you in completing an intake package and will gain more information about your family and your unique needs.
Where does KCC provide services?
Services are provided across home, school and community settings. Individuals learn best in their natural environment and KCC is committed to provide support in those natural settings.
How long has KCC been in operation?
KCC has been in operation since July 2008.
How are services funded?
Services are funded through Government Departments (Family Supports for Children with Disabilities, Persons with Developmental Disabilities, Southwest Alberta Family and Child Services), School Divisions, or individual private insurance.
Who will work with my family member?
Individuals are assessed to determine their unique needs and then a clinician(s) that is a best fit is assigned. An individual may have 1-4 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 your child through our partnering agency.
How many weekly hours of service will the individual receive?
All hours of service are dependent on individual need. KCC collaborates with the funding source and family to determine the appropriate level of service delivery required.
Do I need to be involved with 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. 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?
Key Connections Consulting offers several groups throughout the year. They are created based on caseload need and target population (from preschool to youth populations). A variety of skills are addressed including socialization, self-help, self-regulation, motor, sensory diet, life skills, and communication.
Where can caregivers go for support?
KCC offers Parent/Caregiver Information Sessions the last Wednesday of each month. Topics are based on a variety of themes. Themes are determined by requests from participants or group needs. Sessions are structured to provide information, and an opportunity to connect with other Parents/Caregivers.
I need additional support, where do I turn?
In addition to our parent information sessions, KCC offers counselling for families. Counselling services may address the following areas: anxiety, depression, dealing with attachment disorder, parent-child conflict, and support around diagnosis.
What type of treatment do you provide for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder?
KCC is guided by the principals of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and follows a comprehensive service delivery model that is evidence based and adheres to established rehabilitative guidelines. The service delivery model also emphasizes learning in natural daily living activities. 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.
Does KCC provide in-services or presentations?
KCC provides custom-designed presentations for a variety of community organizations, schools, workplaces and presented at conferences. In addition, KCC provides ongoing training for in home support workers (aides) on a regular basis. For a sample list of topics, please visit our “Services” page.
Do you provide services for individuals who do not require an entire team approach?
KCC clinicians offer assessment and treatment for individuals who require the following professionals independent of the team:
What Is Play Therapy?
In the past several years, Play Therapy has been accepted and acknowledged as an important and valued approach for working with children with emotional or behavioural difficulties.
Play Therapy is beneficial to a child who is experiencing difficulties in the home, school or community. It is a therapeutic approach for human service professionals and as stated by Virginia Axline, "provides an opportunity for the child to 'play out' his or her feelings and problems just as, in certain adult therapy, an individual 'talks out' his or her difficulties". A child's self-understanding is one of the goals in this approach. Play Therapy can be used either as a primary or adjunct therapy in settings such as , Children's Services, Community Agencies, Psychiatric Centers, Children's Hospitals, Schools, and Women's Shelters. Play Therapists work with children individually, with their families and in group settings. (Retrieved February 25, 2013, from http://www.cacpt.com).
What is Sandplay Therapy?
Sandplay therapy is a recognized therapeutic modality for both children and adults, based on the psychology of C.G. Jung and developed by the Swiss psychotherapist and teacher Dora Kalff.
Sandplay therapy establishes a safe and protected space, where the complexities of the inner world are explored and integrated into the psyche for emotional healing. Clients place miniature figurines in a small sandbox to express confusing feelings and inner experiences. This creates a visual representation of the psyche’s contents and reveals unconscious concerns that are inaccessible any other way. As materials contained in the unconscious emerges visually and symbolically, it is integrated into a person’s sense of self and can be activated to elicit behavioral change.
Research evidence from a number of studies suggest that the use of sandplay has been successfully used with a range of disorders and a variety of situations among children and adults, including adjustment disorders, affective disorders, eating disorder and abuse. Moreover, the use of sandplay allows the individual an opportunity to be in control, to problem solve, regulate emotions, and master the skills of containing emotional and psychological energy.
What is Solution Focused Therapy?
As the name suggests, SFBT is future-focused, goal-directed, and focuses on solutions, rather than on the problems that brought clients to seek therapy.
It is described as a practical, goal-driven model, a hallmark of SFBT is its emphasis on clear, concise, realistic goal negotiations. The SFBT approach assumes that all clients have some knowledge of what would make their life better, even though they may need some (at times, considerable) help describing the details of their better life and that everyone who seeks help already possesses at least the minimal skills necessary to create solutions.