to the Canadian Centre for Development
Welcome to the Canadian Centre For Development, formerly known as SMILE Therapy for Kids. Located in the heart of Calgary, we specialize in pediatrics and offer a wide range of services to support children in their developmental journey.
Our mission is to assist children of all ages, from those experiencing mild delays to those facing more complex challenges. Whether your child needs a boost to reach their next milestone or requires ongoing support due to a diagnosed disability, we're dedicated to making a difference in their lives.
Our comprehensive services encompass Pediatric Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Pediatric Massage, Therapy Intensives, Therapy Aides, TrexoRobot, FSCD Contracts, and various other therapeutic offerings.
We believe in the power of early intervention, with a focus on children aged 0-5. However, our commitment to helping children extends to those up to 17 years of age. We proudly welcome young ones not only from Calgary but also from around the globe, as we have the privilege of serving clients from across North America.
At the Canadian Centre For Development, we're here to be a part of your child's developmental journey.
All NEEDED SERVICES UNDER 1 ROOF
We know the stresses that families experience when a child requires additional support. The appointments are many, and coordinating them all is a time-sucking task.
At the Canadian Centre for Development we understand this burden too well and it is why we brought all the services that a family may need under one roof. We'll even take over coordinating all of your practitioner appointments for you, so as create efficiencies and conveniences within the family's schedule.
SPECIALIZED EQUIPMENT & STAFF EXPERTISE
Our team is specialized in providing care to children with developmental challenges of all types.
Our expertise lies in working with children of all ages, from infants to youth. Services offered, but not limited to are:
& ONGOING WEEKLY THERAPY
See us for a Therapy Intensive. It is often during Therapy Intensives that big breakthroughs happen and developmental momentum builds. This is done through a combination of functional activities, high repetition, high intensity, and variety. These breakthroughs can then be more deeply ingrained through the regular therapy that happens, in between intensives, at home and at the clinic. Intensives can run over a period of 1 to 4 weeks, depending on the child's endurance and the family's capacity.
Our Clients Say
Words cannot express how grateful and thankful we are for the Canadian Center for Development in Calgary!! If I could give 10 stars I would! #simplythebest
Our Miss Kate (2) was born with a very rare novo genetic condition (causing cognitive and developmental delays) but she has managed to make huge gains over the 11 weeks (3 different intensives between April 2023-Sept 2024).
The entire team worked so hard (Physio, OT, massage and admin staff) to help Kate learn and grow!
She literally couldn’t or we felt like she didn’t even know she actually had hands and now she’s grabbing, playing, trying to feed herself.
She went from not having head control to sitting independently (on the hypervibe) for 2.5 mins! She would lift her feet when you would try and stand her now with support she’s learned to push though her legs and stand.
They took the time to ensure we felt comfortable and well practiced with hands on teaching so we could continue the exercises at home in between intensives.
Kate quickly bonded with the staff and would flash the biggest smiles and she enjoyed ALL the cuddles.
The team was so patient with Kate- last April she didn’t tolerate much - anything would trigger breath holding spells and she cried A LOT!! Now she’s interacting with her world, she can tolerate all different types of experiences with a smile on her face! Not only has her quality of life improved but our entire family’s quality of life has as well!!
We are excited to continue the therapy journey in November and 6 more times next year !! Yes I said 6!!! This is how much I trust and support this centre for our little one!
The staff are life long learners - many continue to add more and more training to their resumes and the centre hosted one of Canada’s top Physio from Toronto for a week in September to train with the physiotherapist (lucky timing for us)!!
I’m a rural RN from BC with over 14 years experience and I cannot say this enough (both as a mother and as a nurse) - RUN don’t walk to this amazing place!!
If you’re not sure your child needs some extra support just book the phone call and find out! You won’t know if you don’t ask!
The team will support and guide you! Don’t have the funds ?- There are grants and other funding sources available!! (The team can direct you to some)
If you’re still not sure follow Kate on her journey @jessie_mclellan02 on Instagram and you can see from the videos the difference from April to September!
Jessie, Matt, Theo and Miss Kate!!
Jessie, Mom of Kate (KCNQ2 Gene Mutation), Oct 2023
New to pediatric therapy services?
Gross motor delays
Hypertonia and Hypotonia
Neonatal & Infant Assessment
Unintegrated/Retained primitive reflexes
Fine motor delays
Upper body strength
Vestibular system activation
Oral motor challenges
Self-care (ex. dressing)
Weak oral muscles
Other oral motor challenges
Hypotonia (ie. "floppy")
Unintegrated/Retained primitive reflexes
Sensitivity to touch
Below are some reasons why you may want to pay our Calgary pediatric clinic a visit.
If you do not see your concern above or are unsure if we'd be a good fit for your child, give us a call at 403-206-7466.
Does your child have a diagnosis?
We can help.
We have experience working with children with the following conditions: Global Developmental Delay, Lissencephaly, Down Syndrome, Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Autism, ADHD, Barter Syndrome, Macrocephaly, Megalencephaly, Hypotonia, Hypertonia, Smith Kingsmore Syndrome, HIE, OPD Syndrome Spectrum Disorder, Infantile Spasms, Cortical Vision Impairment (CVI), MPPH (Megalencephaly, Polymicrogyria, Postaxial Polydactly, Hydrocephalus) Syndrome, TARP Syndrome, Gould Syndrome, Rett Syndrome, KIF1A, Bilateral Multipolygryia, NKH (Nonketotic Hyperglycinemia), Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum, Beckwith Wiedemman Syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome, Angelman's Syndrome, and many others.
Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD)
Did you know that the government of Alberta, under a program called FSCD, can cover $82.66/hr of physiotherapy, $94.76/hr of occupational therapy, and $100.68/hr of speech therapy for your child?
How we work with families
There is no 1 right way to utilize the Canadian Centre for Development (formerly SMILE Therapy for Kids). We believe in being flexible and supporting each family in a manner that best suits them. To get started, book in for an Assessment and Treatment Plan appointment.
You're busy. We get it. If all you're able to do is pop in once in a blue moon with your child, that is a-ok. We'd still love to see them, provide the needed intervention, and share strategies for you to take home until you see us next.
Regular Daily/Weekly Services
As Neuroplasticity dictates, repetition and consistency is key to learning and to strengthening good habits. We're happy to help! We're happy to see your child on a regular basis (daily, semi-weekly, weekly, bi-weekly, etc) and help them build and engrain new skills.
Whether your child has reached a developmental plateau or simply could use some additional momentum in moving forward with their development, a Therapy Intensive may be the answer. This research-backed model is the fastest and most effective model for facilitating change and growth.
Equipment & Modalities
The more tools there are in our toolbox, the more ways we have to help each and every unique child.
HyperVibe Vibration Therapy
Did you know?
The Canadian Centre for Development operated as SMILE Therapy for Kids up until August 2023.
Same operators, same clients, same services, same philosophy; just a new name. :)
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