Early intervention and coordinated access to services – that’s what many parents of young children with self-regulation issues in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan needed.
“Self-regulation” or self-control is the ability for children to regulate their thoughts, emotions, behaviours and actions so they can participate successfully in all environments.
These parents were finding it difficult to navigate the services offered through various providers and provincial government ministries. No single mechanism existed for coordinating services.
As a result, in October 2015 a Rapid Process Improvement team – made up of provincial and regional representatives – developed and tested a model to respond to requests for support from Moose Jaw parents of children with these special needs, from newborn to age eight.
The model is designed to raise awareness about self-regulation and develop new processes to link parents with community-based services, health, education, and social services both earlier and more quickly. The model will be implemented over the next six months.
The project brought together three provincial government ministries (Health, Education and Social Services), Five Hills Health Region, Prairie South School Division, Holy Trinity School Division, and regional social services offices.
Photo: Part of a draft poster developed by the RPIW team to raise awareness of self-regulation.