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to the Canadian Centre for Development

We're a Calgary Centre offering Pediatric Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Feeding Therapy (including 'picky eating'), Pediatric Massage, Therapy Intensives, Therapy Aides, TrexoRobot, FSCD Contracts, Neonatal and Infant Assessments and various other therapeutic offerings.

Our mission is to assist children of all ages, from those suffering from a sports injury to those facing complex neurodevelopmental challenges. We believe in the power of early intervention, neuroplasticity and every child's potential to grow and learn. We proudly welcome children not only from Calgary but also from around the globe, with the ability to host families at the Calgary Ronald MacDonald House.

We can't wait to meet you!

Calgary Pediatric Services

Our Clients Say

Pediatric Therapy Intensives - Kate
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

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.  

Ad-Hoc Appointments

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. 

Therapy Intensives

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. 

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. 


Alberta Families

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?



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. 


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: 


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. 

New to pediatric therapy services?

Gross motor delays


Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)

Hypertonia and Hypotonia

Muscle imbalance

Balance & Coordination

Sports Injuries

Osgood Schlatters/ Severs Disease

Gait improvement

Toe walking

Neonatal & Infant Assessment



Unintegrated/Retained primitive reflexes

Playground skills

Sports skills

Genetic/Chromosomal Diagnosis

Premature birth

Birth trauma

Club feet

and more

Fine motor delays

Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)

Executive functioning

Sensory regulation

Emotional regulation

Play skills

School skills

Upper body strength



Vestibular system activation

Oral motor challenges

Picky eating


Self-care (ex. dressing)

Genetic/Chromosomal Diagnosis

and more

Late talker




Cleft palate

Developmental delays



Feeding challenges

Weak oral muscles


Mouth closure

Other oral motor challenges

Genetic/Chromosomal Diagnosis

and more

Tight muscles



Hypotonia (ie. "floppy")


Body awareness

Unintegrated/Retained primitive reflexes

Digestion problems


Sensory regulation

Sensitivity to touch

Sleep problems

Emotional regulation

Genetic/Chromosomal Diagnosis

and more

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

Equipment & Modalities

The more tools there are in our toolbox, the more ways we have to help each and every unique child. 
Spider Cage Universal Exercise Unit
Dynamic Movement Intervention DMI Calgary
NMES Neuro Muscular Electrical Stimulation Calgary
Trexo Robot Therapy Calgary
CME Cuevas Medek Exercise Calgary
Vibration Therapy with HyperVibe

HyperVibe Vibration Therapy

LiteGait Intensive Therapy
Feeding Therapy for kids with developmental delays

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