We see children with a wide range of behavioural and developmental concerns. Parents are often frustrated and worried as they wait for their appointment. There are many things that you can do however while waiting.
Our office will let you know if we need any forms completed to help us understand your child's problems better. These forms can all be found on our website. If you cannot print at home you can stop by and pick up copies from our office. Your accurate completion of these forms will be helpful for your child's assessment.
For children with school problems, it is very important that you bring old report cards to your appointment, and any testing completed by the school, including comment from the teacher if possible. We also suggest that you have your child's hearing and vision tested.
There are resources in the community that we encourage families to access while waiting. You can access these services without a physician referral.
For preschool age children with developmental concerns (late walking, late talking, challenging behaviours):
In Nanaimo: Child Development Centre
In Parksville/Qualicum Beach: Family Resource Association
In Duncan: Sundrops Clements Centre
For children with mental health concerns (anxiety, depression, mood changes, cutting, explosive behaviour):
Nanaimo Child and Youth Mental Health: 250-741-5701
Parksville Qualicum CYMH Family Place: 250-954-4737
Aboriginal Child and Youth Mental Health: Fetchbc
For children waiting for Autism assessment: FREE parent/caregiver waiting for assessment workshop with AUTISMBC
For school age children with suspected learning disabilities:
Talk to your child's school team and request psychoeducational testing. Learning disabilities are not diagnosed by paediatricians, but by psychologists through specialized testing. You may be encouraged to see a paediatrician with your child with a suspected learning disability to rule out any underlying medical condition.
Please check out our Resources Page for reliable website information for particular concerns.