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Children and Youth with Support Needs

The Children and Youth with Support Needs program works with children, youth, and families to develop skills and support community participation.

The Children and Youth with Support Needs program (CYSN) provides goal-oriented programming (individual and group) to children and youth under 19 who have been diagnosed with support needs, and their families. Participants engage in many activities that promote learning, having fun, and developing rewarding relationships such as games, crafts, outdoor fun, baking, sensory play, and more. You may visit libraries, beaches, parks, the IMAX, arcades, board game cafes, and Mr. Tubbs Ice Cream Parlor!

Areas of support include:

  • Social Skills (social thinking, communication, and conversation starters).
  • Life Skills (nutrition, budgeting, hygiene, community access, and transportation).
  • Health, Wellness, & Safety Skills (internet safety, boundaries, traffic safety, and consent).
  • Parenting strategies (child development education, scheduling tips, and social thinking concepts).
  • Transition support for youth into adulthood (employment, volunteering support, and post-secondary education).

How do you get into this program?

Your child or youth requires a referral from their Child and Youth with Support Needs Social Worker (CYSN). Once your child or youth has received a diagnosis you can contact the Ministry of Child and Family Development and request an intake with a CYSN Social Worker (778) 698-1224. The CYSN Social Worker will provide a referral to the program if they determine that this program would be a good fit for the child, youth and/or family.

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Thrive acknowledges that we live, work and play on the Traditional Territory of the Lək̓ʷəŋən speaking peoples. It recognizes the First Nations governments across this region — Lək̓ʷəŋən (Songhees) and Xwsepsum (Esquimalt) Nations in the core area, the W̱SÁNEĆ Nations {W̱JOȽEȽP (Tsartlip), BOḰEĆEN (Pauquachin), SȾÁUTW̱,(Tsawout) W̱SIKEM (Tseycum)} out on the Saanich Peninsula and Gulf Islands, to the west Sc'ianew (Beecher Bay), T’Sou-ke, and Pacheedaht, and MÁLEXEȽ (Malahat) and Pune’laxutth’ (Penelekut) Nations.

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