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 (613-580-6744) to speak with a Public Health Nurse.

Self-referrals to First Words through the CHEO Access Team

At any time, families can self-refer to our program by calling the CHEO Access Team at 613-737-2757.  The team will send you an Intake Package. You must fill out the intake forms and return them to the CHEO Access Team.  Your child’s name will be placed on the waiting list for an assessment only once we have received the completed package.  Due to privacy laws and in order to protect your privacy, we are unable to receive completed packages by email.