May 2024

You’re Invited! CTN’s Annual Meeting and Inclusive Art Show—A Canvas of Belonging

Join us on Tuesday, June 18, 2024, for CTN’s Annual Meeting and Inclusive Art Show—A Canvas of Belonging. Through a showcase of artwork from kids and youth, we will have an opportunity to celebrate unique talents of the people at the centre of what we do. 

The event will feature a showcase of artwork from young artists, as well as art activities for kids and youth of all ages and abilities. The event is free and all are welcome. 

Hope you’ll join us in creating a vibrant community where we all belong! 

Learn more and register


May Awareness Days and Holidays

Deadline for Art Extended!  

Great news! The deadline for kids and youth to tell us about their artwork is now Friday, May 24th. 


Art will be featured at CTN’s Annual Meeting and Inclusive Art Show—A Canvas of Belonging on June 18th in Aurora.  

Tell us about your art!

CTN's Automated Reminders System Full Rollout

After the successful launch of the pilot program for the Automated Reminders System in April, CTN is now rolling out the program as a fully implemented service, effective May 10th.  


Initially piloted with families receiving services from York Region’s Spasticity Management and Seating and Mobility Clinic, the system is now expanding to encompass all seven York Region clinics- Spasticity Management, Seating and Mobility, Feeding Assessment and Consultative Services, Developmental Medical Clinic, Medical Behavioural Clinic, Neuromotor Clinic and Diagnostic Autism Clinical Services. 


The system is designed to automatically notify families of upcoming CTN specialty clinic appointments via SMS (text), email or voicemail. Reminders will continue to be sent five days and one day before your scheduled appointment to your registered email address or phone number, based on your chosen contact method. 


To enroll for automated reminders, a CTN assistant will ask for your consent when you book your next appointment. 


For any inquiries concerning the system reminders, please reach out to us at 1-866-377-0286 ext. 202. Alternatively, you can contact us via email at if you wish to opt out of the automated reminders or need to update your contact information.  

CTN to Support Delivery of Extensive Needs Service in York Region 

Children’s Treatment Network (CTN) is excited to be joining Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital to deliver Extensive Needs Service (ENS) to families in York Region. ENS offers essential services for families with kids and youth facing multiple medical, physical, developmental and social challenges. It aims to help remove barriers to accessing timely, evidence-based and trauma informed treatments in York Region.  

If you think that ENS would be a good fit for your family, speak to your Service Planning Coordinator. If you do not have a Service Planning Coordinator, please reach out to Sara Stokes at to learn more. 

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Video Resources for Speech and Hearing Month this May

To celebrate Speech and Hearing Awareness month in May, CTN has a series of educational videos sharing speech development tips. These resources aim to empower caregivers to progress their child's speech development and help prepare them for speech therapy services. The video series shares tips, tricks and strategies used in speech therapy to improve various areas related to a child's speech development, including listening skills, speech clarity, reading skills and repairing communication breakdowns.

Watch on our website

May is Physiotherapy Month!

At CTN, physiotherapists support kids and youth to enhance their development and motor skills, with a focus on family, fun, fitness, friends and the future. CTN strives to optimize functional outcomes for kids and youth with disabilities and developmental needs by providing the right intervention, in the right amount, at the right time and in the right location. The theme this year is Physiotherapy is for Everyone. Even You. This recognizes the unique role physiotherapists play in providing efficient and effective treatment for all Canadians who need it.

Learn more about our Physiotherapy services

Upcoming Events

There are some great events this month for kids, youth and families. Check out some upcoming CTN events below and visit the calendar on our website for more events!

Our network calendar features events hosted by CTN, our partner organizations and other local community agencies that may be of interest to your family. New workshops, programs and events are added each week.

Check out all Network Events

Upcoming CTN Events

Equipment Loan Program Summer Preview

Wednesday, June 12

from 12 to 1 p.m.

Learn about the recreation equipment available to make the most of this summer season through fun and fitness opportunities!

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Simcoe County Summer Youth Series

May to August 2024

times vary for each event

Youth aged 12 to 18 are invited to join CTN as we explore recreation opportunities across Simcoe County! Sign up for one or all of these free events.

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AAC Community Events this Spring

May to June 2024

times vary for each event

This event series is for kids/ youth using Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) in Simcoe County and York Region.

Learn more

CTN and CTG Simcoe County Summer Camps

CTN and Closing the Gap (CTG) will be running three different camps this summer for kids and youth aged five to 12 in Simcoe County. These camps are free for families and open for registration until May 22nd!

Click the links below to download the flyer and to learn more about each camp.

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Simcoe County Inclusive Information Fair on June 8th

On Saturday, June 8th from 2 to 5 p.m., join CTN for an Inclusive Information Fair at the Peggy Hill Team Community Centre in Barrie! This fair is intended to provide community information to families of kids, youth and adults with disabilities and developmental needs ages 0 - 21. There will be information, resources and services that support all six F-Words of Childhood Development - Fun, Family, Friends, Function, Future and Fitness.

Learn more and RSVP today!
Parenting: Support, Respite, Play and Therapy 
CTN's Equipment Loan Program
Camps and Recreation Tips and Resources

CTN supports kids, youth and families by focusing on CanChild's framework of the F-words for Child Development. Every child with varying abilities has the right to have fun, enjoy friends, function as they are, access fitness, plan for their future and join in on family activities.

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