Developmental delays: Quebec launches its strategy of early detection

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The deputy minister of Health and social Services, Lionel Carmant

The deputy minister of Health and social Services, Lionel Carmant, has been working to correct ” the greatest injustice “, according to him, the health network of quebec, that is to say, the presence of a system of screening for developmental delays at two speeds. To get there, it announced Thursday, the online questionnaires for the evaluation of the developmental profile ” of children by their parents — with or without the help of the CLSC. “From the responses to these questionnaires, the child may be directed more quickly to appropriate services and be supported by a multidisciplinary team as early as possible, in order to ensure their academic success,” says the ministry.

Mr. Carmant argued that the tool has already been proven during a pilot project conducted at the Centre hospitalier universitaire Sainte-Justine, where he has worked, and in two centres integrated academic health and social service (CIUSS) in the region of Montreal.

Health professionals will benefit from the vaccination of 18 months to observe the evolution of the child and the move towards a more thorough evaluation, as needed.

Some 800 professional resources and administrative will be called in reinforcement in 31 institutions to support them, said Mr. Carmant, stating that 70 to 90 million will be allocated over two years by the deployment of these measures. The prime minister, François Legault, said he was convinced that the graduation rate at the four corners of Quebec will increase due to these initiatives.

“The programme will have an impact in the short term for all the parents who have to get out of their own pockets are phenomenal to assess their own children,” said Mr. Carmant.

At the present time, “those who have means can assess their children early and allow them to go to the mainstream school, while those who have less means must wait at the entrance to the school [for their children] in the special class,” said the neurologist. A child left behind is leaving for a ” delay of school “, a ” loss of self-esteem “, the ” school dropout “, “psychosocial disorders” and ” psychological difficulties “, he said.

“A very good start “

Valérie Grenon, president of the Fédération des intervenantes en petite enfance du Québec (FIPEQ-CSQ), believes that the creation of the digital platform and the hiring of 800 additional persons represent ” a very good start “.

“We are super excited to hear the minister who wants to act early,” she said. We are also happy that it recognises that, in our circles of life, in the CPE and family environments, it is already present to assist in the screening process. “

With Marco Fortier

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