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It’s hard to see your child struggle. For a child, it’s hard to battle towards skills that other children take for granted. The OSNS (Okanagan Similkameen Neurological Society) Child and Youth Development Centre helps over 1,600 children and their families every year. The OSNS Legacy Foundation stands behind that support – ensuring treatment teams have what they need to deliver excellence in care.
Over 30,000 children have received support from OSNS.
Early intervention is proven to reduce the burden on tax payers created from mental health struggles later in life.
An average of two other family members per child receive support – more than 4000 individuals supported annually.
WE ARE ALWAYS IMPROVING.
OUR GROWTH IS STRATEGIC.
Keeping pace with emerging best practices and delivering innovative care are part of the OSNS brand. Early mental health support, better sibling and family care, new equipment for children with mobility challenges – all part of the excellence we strive for. The Legacy Foundation helps make this possible.
MEET KRESHIA & HER SON JAXSON!
Kreshia received support from the OSNS Child and Youth Development Centre when she was 5. Back then, our Centre was in a small space in a downtown location in Penticton. But Kreshia remembers working on skills with the support of her OSNS friends when she had hard medical issues to deal with. Now, all these years later, Kreshia has kids of her own. And when she noticed that Jaxson was not talking, she knew exactly where to go. New location, an updated purpose-built centre, but the same love and quality care. An avid fan of water, blocks and anything with a button, little Jaxson is getting help with his communication – a second generation beneficiary of OSNS support.
Amelia was born with a rare chromosomal condition called Xia-Gibbs Syndrome which leads to developmental challenges. There are only a few hundred children with this diagnosis in the world – children with this syndrome are often not able to walk, feed themselves and participate in other daily living activities.
Amelia attended the specialized infant and toddler daycare, and began treatment at The OSNS Child and Youth Development Centre when she was only 6 months old. Over the past 5 years, Amelia has received support from many different departments at OSNS including physiotherapy, speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, family support and early childhood education. At 3 years of age, Amelia received an accompanying diagnosis of autism and began intense treatment with our Autism Intervention Team.
At 6 years old Amelia is now a force to be reckoned with. She will enter grade 1 in the fall and despite continue her work on muscle tone and communication, Amelia participates in many so many activities. She loves to cook, she loves to swim and loves to be pulled on her tricycle. Amelia’s big smile gives joy to everyone around her.
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“Our family has been with OSNS for about 5 years now. When my son was diagnosed with Autism they supported us through all the ups and downs that came with it. They helped my son get through so many milestones and cheered him on along the way. He is always excited to go to his sessions and thinks of his Behaviour Interventionist as his best friend. OSNS is a second family to us. I can’t imagine where our lives would be without their support or services.”
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