Support Services

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We have a variety of services to support the health of school-aged children and to ensure the education students receive is not hindered by health concerns.

How do I access hearing assessments for my child?

Good hearing is essential for speech and language development and plays an important part in a child's social and emotional growth. Recognize hearing loss early, and seek out testing and treatment.

If you have a concern about your child's hearing, audiology referrals can be made to your local public health audiology (hearing) clinic by you, a health or education professional.

Learn more on hearing health for children and youth.

How do I access Nursing Support Services for my special needs child?

The Nursing Support Services program assists parents and caregivers to help children with special health care needs (birth to age 19) lead active, healthy lives in their communities. Nursing Support Services are free for eligible children and youth. The program is delivered province wide and follows provincial eligibility criteria and guidelines set for Nursing Support Services. Nursing coordinators are community based throughout Fraser Health.

There are three main streams of service available:

  • At Home Program: The At Home Program is intended to assist parents with some of the extraordinary costs of caring for a child with severe disabilities at home. Nursing coordinators do the assessments for the program and an eligibility committee reviews these for approval.
  • Direct Nursing Care: Provides respite nursing care to eligible clients. Nursing Support Service coordinators are involved with ongoing assessment and coordination of service to these children and families. 
  • Delegated Care: Nursing Support Service coordinators train school staff to perform and provide special health-related care for a specific child during the school day.

For more information, contact your local public health unit.  

How can I access therapy for my school aged child?

Specialized service and funding option for services such as school-aged therapy may be available for children or teens who have special needs and their families.

Occupational therapists and physical therapists support students with special needs in schools. Each school district contracts/hires their rehabilitation teams differently throughout Fraser Health. If your child requires OT/PT support, please contact your school administrator and discuss the referral.

In Burnaby, School Aged Therapies are provided by Fraser Health’s Children’s Services Resource Team (CSRT). Safety and mobility within the school and home are our priorities as well the primary aim of the team is the successful inclusion of children with special needs into the school and home.

The team will see those with a physical disability, or a moderate to severe developmental disability or complex medical needs and who require the ongoing assistance from health care professionals in the areas of rehabilitation therapy. Therapists will work with and train school personnel to provide the appropriate care for the student. For more information contact your school administrator regarding a referral to CSRT.

How do I ensure my child’s vision stays healthy?

All children can receive free eye care examinations (Optometrist and Ophthalmologist) under the BC Medical Plan, however, some eye care doctors may charge a small user fee. Call ahead to inquire. Some families are eligible for financial assistance with prescription glasses. Visit the Healthy Kids Program online or call them at 1-866-866-0800.

The public health nurse is available for family consultation and has information on resources to support treatment - if any child has difficulty seeing at school, please contact your local public health unit for further information.

How can I ensure my school environment is healthy?

Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) are available for consultation on school environmental health concerns such as water and air quality. They promote health through education and provide input into community disaster planning, tobacco reduction and injury prevention. For more information on these services, contact your local public health unit.

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