Refer a Child

Are you worried about your child’s speech and language development?

If you think that your child might be having trouble learning to communicate, it is very important to get them the help they need as early as possible. Complete the Communication Checkup online screening tool today. Get instant results and if your results recommend a speech and language assessment, you start the referral through our secure site.

You may also call Ottawa Public Health at 613-PARENTS to speak with a Public Health Nurse.

Self-referrals to First Words Intake at CHEO

At any time, families can self-refer to our program by calling our Intake Office at 613-737-7600 ext.2500.  Our Intake office with mail or email an Intake package to you.  Complete it and mail it back to our office.  Your child’s name will be placed on the waiting list for an assessment only when we receive the completed package.  Due to privacy laws and in order to protect your privacy, we are no able to receive completed packages by email.

Please note:   Limited services for children born in 2012 may include a combination of services depending upon when the First Words Intake package is received.

Date the completed Intake package is received by First Words Services offered
Between October 16, 2016 and March 15, 2017 ·           A parent education webinar
·           A full speech and language assessment
between March 15 and August 31, 2017 ·           Families can access our Communication Checkup e-screening tool and refer to our website for information and our Learning Tools section to access our free webinar for strategies to help their child build their speech and language at home.